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After Mysterious Leave from 'Today Show,' Hoda Kotb Shares News About New Baby and Story Behind Name


Many of us likely have friends on social media who overshare details and photos of their lives. Social media was designed for users to be able to share their lives and connect with friends, but some moments and thoughts are best left offline.

In the case of one beloved, famous woman, fans could not be more excited to soak up as many details as possible. What she revealed was a whopper of a story!

Recently, TODAY co-anchor Hoda Kotb has had a noticeable absence from the talk show. Her mysterious leave left fans wondering what had happened to her.

However, we were not left totally in the dark, thanks to social media. Kotb began posting inspirational quotes on her Instagram page, leaving everyone guessing how the quotes may relate to her absence.

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For example, she posted a quote which read, “And suddenly you just know it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” It turned out that Kotb really was about to start something new.

She announced her magical beginning into motherhood on February 21. While she did post about the big news on Instagram, she made sure to tell her coworkers in a more personal way.

Kotb called her TODAY show coworkers to explain her absence. She requested that the show place a picture of her holding her newborn daughter, Haley Joy Kotb, on the screen so that coworkers and viewers alike could be surprised at the news that she adopted this sweet baby girl.

Her coworkers clapped and exclaimed their surprise at the image of Kotb holding a newborn baby.

Kotb teared up as she explained that the baby in the photo is her adopted daughter.

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Haley Joy Kotb was born on Valentine’s Day, and it’s clear that Kotb has completely fallen in love with this precious addition who has made her a mother.

Haley’s name was inspired by Halley’s Comet.

Kotb explained, “It was one of those things. I just picture her sailing through the sky.”

The middle name, Joy, was chosen as it describes the emotion that Haley has already brought to so many, especially Kotb. We extend our congratulations to Kotb as she embarks on this new journey into motherhood with Haley Joy!

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Carolyn Fultz is a former contributor for Liftable Media. She holds a B.A. in Communication from Hope College.
Carolyn Fultz is a former contributor for Liftable Media. She holds a B.A. in Communication from Hope College. Carolyn's writing has been featured in both online and print media, including Just Between Us magazine. She resides in Phoenix with her husband and children.
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