Hoda Kotb felt a love and joy like never before when she and her now ex-fiancé, Joel Schiffman, welcomed their first daughter together, Haley Joy, now 5, in 2017, via adoption. She named her Haley after the famous comet, for its once-in-a-lifetime nature.
The host’s joy doubled when she adopted Haley’s little sister, Hope Catherine, now 3, two years later, and the inspiration for the name came from her sister; the tot was all Hoda had been hoping for.
And she hasn’t shied away from sharing her hopes of maybe expanding that joy with a third baby.
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Though she and Joel split up at the beginning of 2022, it doesn’t seem like the breakup closed the door on the possibility of a little sibling for Haley and Hope.
Later in 2022, Hoda, 58, opened up to People about still being in the process of potentially adopting a third baby, though those plans had been momentarily delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Still, she maintained: “It’s definitely in the universe for me,” adding: “I feel like whatever is meant to be is meant to be. But I know a few things. I have love and time, and we have an open space.”
The star adopted her first baby, Haley, in 2017
The TV news veteran hasn’t given a more definite update since, but amid an ongoing absence from the Today Show and a slew of cryptic – yet hopeful – messages on Instagram, fans wonder if she has good news to announce.
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On Sunday, she shared a photo with the message: “Sometimes miracles are just good people with kind hearts,” prompting fans to comment how much they missed her, writing: “I hope you’re doing well and will be back to work,” and: “Missing you bunches… think positive!” as well as: “The show isn’t the same without you.”
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Fans are eager to learn what Hoda has been up to during her time off
Then on Monday, after she posted a message that read “choose hope,” and fans realized they were going into yet another week without Hoda on air – she hasn’t been on Today since February 21st, and her last appearance on February 20th was pre-recorded – fans dared to wonder if another adoption was the reason.
“Having another baby?” one fan speculated, as another added: “Did you get another baby, Hoda? This is usually what happens when you go missing for 2 wks. Sure hope it’s something good,” to which more replied with: “Exactly my thought,” and: “That’s what I think too. She’s said several times that she wants a third child.”
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