She admitted her feeling about finding love to her co-host Jenna Bush Hager during the show.
For Hoda Kotb, Prince Charming could be just around the corner. The 58-year-old spoke candidly to cohost Jenna Bush Hager about recent indications she's had regarding whether or not a prospective love relationship is in her near future on Tuesday, November 15, broadcast of Today with Hoda & Jenna. "I know with certainty — and it's the strangest feeling to know that. Like, I can sometimes feel him, but I don't see what he looks like, but I feel like it will happen." She continued, "So if someone is like, 'maybe you'll meet someone by Christmas….' Maybe! I'm not on the hunt, but I have a weird, like, tingly Spidey-sense about it."
Kotb separated from her longtime partner, Joel Schiffman, earlier this year after eight years of marriage. The ex-couple has two daughters, Hope, 3, and Haley, 5. "Joel and I have had a lot of prayerful and meaningful conversations over the holidays and we decided that we're better as friends and parents than we are as an engaged couple," she said on Today with Hoda & Jenna in January. "It's not like something happened. They say sometimes relationships are meant to be there for a reason, or a season or for a lifetime. And I feel like ours was meant to be there for a season," she added. Kotb and Schiffman "had a beautiful time together," as she previously told PEOPLE and despite the struggle, they continue to be parents to their daughters together.
Hoda says her engagement has been called off. “We decided we are better as friends and parents than we are as an engaged couple,” she says. pic.twitter.com/zOJrvhE6wZ— TODAY with Hoda & Jenna (@HodaAndJenna) January 31, 2022
During the show, Kotb, 58 confessed that her co-host Bush Hager, 40, is "really good at setting people up." In response, the former first daughter made a reference to Kotb and her all-pink ensemble, hinting that she "kind of" wants to "set person in pink up." Kotb replied, "Okay, I want to be set up."
According to PEOPLE, the author of This Just Speaks to Me continued the conversation about her potential mystery partner with a heartfelt admission about a previous crush she had. "You know who I thought was hot? He died, sorry — a while ago. Brian Dennehy," said Kotb. "He was big, but he was hot," she added. Hager followed up, "Is that what I should be looking out for when I am trying to set you up? I gotta do a little Google search this afternoon."
Kotb's reaction astounded both Bush Hager and the studio audience. Bush Hager ultimately responded, "I have chills," to that. Kotb gave an explanation of why she needed Bush Hager's help, saying, "You know why? Because you know me, and I trust you." She continued, "If you didn't know me, even if we were anchoring and pretending, then I wouldn't say yes. But you do know me."
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