ET Online: Hoda Kotb Opens up about Expanding Family with Her Fiancé Joel Schiffman

Joe Akins
Oct 16, 2020
02:00 P.M.
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"Today" show co-host Hoda Kotb reveals that she and her fiancé, Joel Schiffman, are considering expanding their family by adopting another child after two successful adoptions of daughters, Haley and Hope.


"Today" show co-host Hoda Kotb recently opened up about her and her fiancé, Joel Schiffman's plans to expand their family. The show co-host sat for an exclusive interview with ET's Rachel Smith and said:

"You know what, Joel and I have had this conversation because -- you feel like you get a limited of time on earth and your heart expands."

"Today" show host Hoda Kotb during her 2016 visit at the AOL BUILD series event in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images


Kotb admitted that sometimes people had no idea how much more they have to give until they give things a go. They would assume that they have no more room in their hearts until they give things a chance and find their hearts expanding.

The co-host revealed that she was very much open to the prospects of adopting another child after the release of her new book, "This Just Speaks To Me." Kotb revealed that she and her fiancé already discussed getting started with the paperwork and are going ahead with their plans to adopt.


The TV host revealed that they evaluated themselves and their lives in the present, not just as individuals, but also as parents. They asked themselves if they would be a better family with an added member and if they would have enough time and love for the said addition.

Schiffman and Kotb were reportedly supposed to get married this year, but things had to be postponed due to the pandemic. 


Kotb is already the proud mom of her two beautiful daughters, Haley, who she adopted in 2017, and Hope, who came into their family in 2019. Ultimately, the mom of two said she and her husband-to-be had put everything to the universe and hoped for the best outcome.

Although many people have come to love how much Kotb loves her little girls, the show host has also come under fire with a lot of mom-shaming incidents.


In a September episode of "Today," Kotb told her co-host, Jenna Bush Hager, that she received harsh and unwarranted criticisms from people, including a physical mail that challenged her for adopting at her age(56).

Despite the heavy bitterness directed at her, Kotb said she tore up the letter and focussed on being the best parent alongside her fiancé. Schiffman and Kotb were reportedly supposed to get married this year, but things had to be postponed due to the pandemic. 

Until then, Kotb and her beau continue to love their girls and show them off to the world in the sweetest ways possible, and if they are meant to have a new sibling, time will tell.