Hoda Kotb has been absent from the “Today” show for over a week due to a “family health matter”, and co-anchor Savannah Guthrie also missed Wednesday’s broadcast because she was sick from Covid-19.
As concerns from fans raised over Hoda Kotb’s prolonged absence, show co-anchor Craig Melvin had to explain the reason why she has been away so long.
“A whole lot of you have been wondering how she’s doing, we can tell you that Hoda is OK. She’s got a family health matter she has been dealing with,” he said.
Melvin and Sheinelle Jones sat at the desk during the show’s 7 o’clock hour, as Savannah Guthrie was also off-air after testing positive for COVID-19 during Tuesday’s newscast.
Savannah Guthrie was on air during the “Today” show on Tuesday but had to excuse herself and leave after she started feeling sick. She took a Covid-19 test and it turned out positive.
“She’s at home after a positive COVID test yesterday. We are wishing her a speedy recovery…we look forward to seeing Hoda and Savannah back here at the desk very very soon,” Melvin said.
“Today” anchor Hoda Kotb who has been with NBC News since 1998 has been absent since February 17. However, she has been active on Instagram sharing inspirational quotes on bravery, blue skies, brave women, hope, and miracles.