Hoda Kotb’s recent absence from the “Today” show is due to a family health issue, her co-hosts said on Wednesday’s episode.
Kotb last appeared in a live broadcast of NBC’s morning show on Feb. 17.
“We know many of you have been wondering how you’re doing,” said Craig Melvin. “We can tell you that Hoda is fine. She has a family health issue that she is dealing with.”
Co-anchor Savannah Guthrie also missed Wednesday’s show after testing positive for COVID-19 the day before. She left during Tuesday’s episode after learning of her positive test.
“We look forward to seeing Hoda and Savannah back here at the table very, very soon,” Melvin said Wednesday.
Kotb, who joined NBC in 1998, became Guthrie’s “Today” co-host in 2018. She also co-hosts the show’s fourth hour with Jenna Bush Hager.
Melvin anchored Wednesday’s main show with Sheinelle Jones, who made the announcement on Tuesday’s episode that Guthrie tested positive.
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“As soon as we found out, she rushed home to rest,” Jones said. “Savannah, we love you. I wish you a speedy recovery.”
Throughout her absence, Kotb, 58, has been posting inspirational quotes on Instagram. including a Monday which says, “Choose hope.”
“Sometimes miracles are just good people with good hearts,” read another post Sunday.
“Today” meteorologist Al Roker returned to the show in January after multiple hospitalizations. The Queens-born broadcaster was first treated in November for a blood clot and later underwent surgery for a perforation in his small intestine.
“I am blessed to be alive,” Roker told People in January.
On Wednesday’s show, Roker shared his congratulations to Kotb and Guthrie.
“We love you both,” Roker said before blowing a kiss to the camera.
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