Co-host Hoda Kotb was absent from “Today” this week after her youngest daughter returned home after spending several days in an intensive care unit.
Savannah Guthrie opened Tuesday’s show by saying, “Hoda is on vacation.” She sat next to Craig Melvin, who also replaced Kotb on Monday.
Kotb’s vacation coincides with her two daughters’ spring break, and she is spending free time with her family. according to people. Kotb is the mother of her daughters Hope, 3, and Haley, 6.
It was not clear when Kotb would return from his vacation. NBC did not immediately respond to The Times’ request for comment.
The Emmy-winning television personality also took a break in late February and early March while her daughter Hope was hospitalized for more than a week. Her co-hosts had previously explained to concerned viewers that Kotb was “fine” and that her absence was due to “a family health matter.” She was absent from the show from February 17 to March 6.
“Little Hope had to go to the hospital and she was in the ICU for a few days and then in the hospital for another week and it was really scary,” Kotb said during her March 6 return to “Today”. “She is vibrant and bright. she’s home she’s home she’s home I’m delighted she’s home”.
Kotb’s other show, “Hoda and Jenna,” aired pre-recorded episodes with co-host Jenna Bush Hager also on vacation.
When Kotb returned earlier this month, she told Hager about her fear when her daughter was hospitalized.
“It’s funny, I always talk about gratitude, gratitude, but I realized that I didn’t live in that lane because I was afraid,” Kotb said. “And then I decided, you know what, let me think about this for a minute. I have a family that loves me. I have a girl who is at home. I have a wonderful support system. I have doctors who would have done anything to make everything better, and they did. So sometimes you talk about gratitude and when you’re pushed to the limit, you say, I’m sorry?