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Today Show fans: I thought Hoda Kotb would never come back!

FlyMeToTheMoonFlyMeToTheMoon 2976 replies45 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
I was thrilled beyond words when Matt Lauer was fired from The Today Show. In fact, I boycotted the show until the day he left. Replacing him with Hoda Kotb made my welcome back to the show perfect. She went on maternity leave in April when she adopted her second child, but at some point in June I started to wonder when she was due back. An Internet search came up empty. I was even starting to wonder if there were complications with the adoption, or if she was being canned by the producers for a male co-host. Finally, today, it was announced she is returning September 3rd. I was really getting concerned about her. Anybody else?
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  • bajammbajamm 1625 replies19 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I can't stand Savannah Guthrie, so stopped watching when she came on as an anchor.

    I love Lester Holt at night but won't watch when Savannah fills in.

    So, while I had heard that Hoda and adopted another child I didn't know she was still out til I saw a commercial today annoucing she was coming back.

    Now, if Savannah left, I may consider coming back and watching Hoday. I don't mind her.
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 22655 replies15 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Hoda may have filled in for Matt but she didn't replace him. She and Kathie Lee did the '3rd hour' of the today show, the fluff. Now it will be Hoda and Jenna Bush when SHE comes back from maternity leave. And Dylan someone, when SHE comes back after maternity leave (I think she'll be gone later this year over the holidays, kind of overlapping with Jenna). Poor Willie Geist! He does Morning Joe at the crack of dawn but has been filling in a lot on the 3d Hour.
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  • Bromfield2Bromfield2 3556 replies35 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Willie is also on MSNBC. I switched to it because The Today show IMO was getting to be more fluff than news. I like Hoda but did not care for Katie Lee.
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 22655 replies15 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Yes, Willie does Morning Joe and then I think waits around for the 3rd hour of Today. Not sure if he does both shows every day.
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  • alwaysamomalwaysamom 12265 replies217 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @twoinanddone
    Savannah and Hoda are co-anchors on the main Today show hours. Hoda and Jenna will be on the fourth hour when both return.
    I wasn't concerned because a four month parental leave in Canada, where I am, is a short one!
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  • skieuropeskieurope 38838 replies6858 threadsSuper Moderator Super Moderator
    Hoda may have filled in for Matt but she didn't replace him.
    Except that she did replace him
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/02/business/media/hoda-kotb-today-matt-lauer.html
    She and Kathie Lee did the '3rd hour' of the today show,
    4th hour
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  • FlyMeToTheMoonFlyMeToTheMoon 2976 replies45 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    It’s true that maternity leave in other countries is longer, but Hoda took of two months with her first child. Plus, my internet research found articles from April that stated she was planning on returning mid-June. Hence, my concern.
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  • 3sonsmom3sonsmom 260 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I like the rotating NBC cast since we started watching Today about 6 years ago. But I bet the show wasn’t prepared for Hoda second adoption then Jenna having her third, timing wise. I like Dylan, Sheinelle, this morning Natalie is with Willie, who like Carson seems to go with the flow.
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 3980 replies86 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    My forever lasting image of Hoda is her in the lip-sync battle with Michael Strahan lip-synching "Baby Got Back"...
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  • Youdon'tsayYoudon'tsay 19165 replies457 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I love Hoda, can't stand Al Roker. I switched to CBS This Morning years ago for the main news shows and am usually watching The View instead of the fourth hour of Today.
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  • washugradwashugrad 1117 replies13 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I actually like Savannah (and with Hoda together).
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  • Sally22Sally22 713 replies10 threadsRegistered User Member
    I was a Today show fav for years- but can't stand the fluff now. Give me the news till 9am, then I'm happy for a magazine type show. I also switched to CBS, though I miss Nora O'Donnell. The latest shakeup i'm not thrilled with- it's becoming more "fluffy" too. I switch to BBC World News more and more.
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