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Hoda Kotb Reunites with Savannah Guthrie on 'Today' Show after Adopting Baby Hope Catherine

Monica Otayza
Sep 09, 2019
09:00 P.M.
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It's back to regular programming for Hoda Kotb, who returned to the "Today" show looking happy as ever. The TV host took a maternity leave to welcome her second child through adoption, a girl named Hope Catherine.

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On Tuesday, the 55-year-old mother of two returned to Studio 1A at the Rockefeller Center, where she filmed her first episode with her co-host, Savannah Guthrie.

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Kotb took a maternity leave back in April to welcome her second child, Hope Catherine, through adoption. She and longtime boyfriend Joel Schiffman share two adopted children together, having an older 2-year-old daughter, Haley Joy.

Preparing for Her Return

A month before getting back to business with the rest of her "Today" show co-hosts, Hoda gave a message about how she's been preparing for her return.

"I've loved every second of it, but you know what else I'm going to love, coming back to you guys. So I am getting ready, I'm setting my alarm. 3:15a.m., okay, we'll be back in business. I love you guys and I cannot wait to see you."

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Hoda Kotb's journey to motherhood was not easy, but her touching journey made it all the more worthwhile after becoming a mom at the age of 50.

On Becoming a Mother

Kobt, a breast cancer survivor, could not conceive a child, and this was something that took a while for her to process. However, on February 14, 2017, her biggest dream came true - she was given the chance to be a mother.

During a previous interview, she shared that at 52, she would never have thought of becoming a mother. When that opportunity came, though, she couldn't help but feel grateful.

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“When you’re a mom late in life, you realize the gift it is. I’m not saying I wouldn’t have realized it when I was younger but trust me, when you’re a new mom for the first time at 52, you get on your knees and say thank you. Because you get to do something you didn’t think you had a shot at.”

A Fruitful Life

Since overcoming cancer, Kotb thought her life was finally complete. However, when she decided to adopt a child with the support of Joel Schiffman, she knew that indeed, she was complete.

“It’s funny because I thought I had the most perfect life, and then I realized after her I didn’t. I realized that this is infinitely better. Every single day is infinitely better than before she came.”

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At 55, Hoda is living her best life - both personally and professionally. Now that she's back on the "Today" show, everything is going according to plan.

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