Hoda Kotbs Today show’s absence is entering its second week – and viewers are worried.
The program’s long-running co-host – who made her last live appearance on Today And Today with Hoda and Jenna on Friday, February 17 – Monday morning was MIA again. (Kotb was present on the February 20 episode of Presidents’ Day Today with Hoda and Jenna, but that episode was pre-recorded on February 17.)
Kotb’s respective co-hosts, Savannah Guthrie and Jenna Bush Hager, have not discussed her disappearance on air, other than saying she is “out”.
NBC relied on replacement co-hosts – inclusive Today 3rd hourand Craig Melvin and Sheinelle Jones, NBC News Now‘s Tom Llamas and Sunday Today‘s Willie Geist – to fill the void.
Meanwhile, Kotb’s cryptic social media activity has only heightened concerns that something is amiss. On Monday, the veteran broadcaster shared an image on Instagram that read, “Choose hope.” On Sunday, she wished her 2.2 million followers a “Happy Sunday,” alongside an image that read, “Sometimes miracles are just people with good hearts.”
a Today show rep did not respond to TVLine’s email requesting comment.
“[The] Today show just isn’t the same without you,” one commenter wrote on Instagram. “Hope you’re okay. But boy, if they let you go… people will fall like [flies].” Another added: “Worried about you. I hope you miss it Today for a happy reason.”