Hoda Kotb Dealing With "Family Health Matter" Amid Today Absence

Amid Hoda Kotb's absence from Today, co-anchor Craig Melvin shared that his friend is "OK." Keep scrolling for more details.

By Jess Cohen Mar 01, 2023 12:58 PMTags
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Hoda Kotb's absence from Today has been explained.

Fans of the NBC morning show have grown concerned in recent days as the anchor continues to be missing from her Today chair. However, during the March 1 broadcast, Craig Melvin shared an update on his friend.

"Hoda is OK," he said. "She's got a family health matter that she's been dealing with." No further details were shared publicly at this time.

While Hoda, who has not been seen on Today since mid-February, hasn't directly addressed her absence from the spotlight, she has shared a few quotes on social media in recent days. On Feb. 27, the 58-year-old journalist posted an image to her Instagram that read, "Chose hope," captioning the post with two heart emojis.

Over the weekend, the mom of two shared another quote to Instagram that said, "Sometimes miracles are just good people with kind hearts." Hoda captioned the post, "Happy sunday xo."

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In addition to Hoda, her co-anchor Savannah Guthrie is also away from the Today desk after testing positive for COVID during the Feb. 28 broadcast.

"By the way, it has been an interesting morning for us," co-host Sheinelle Jones said. "As we said, Savannah left early, she wasn't feeling great, so she took a Covid test. It came back positive. So, as soon as we found out, she rushed home to rest up. So, Savannah, we love you, wishing you a speedy recovery."

On March 1, Craig also addressed Savannah's absence from the show.

"Savannah, she's at home after a positive test yesterday," Craig said. "We look forward to seeing Hoda and Savannah back here at the desk very, very soon."

Co-anchor Al Roker added, "That's right, we love you both."

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