Kathie Lee Gifford Voices Hoda Kotb Handled Her Breakup ‘with Grace and Kindness’
The Today show co-host announced her split from fiancé Joel Schiffman on January 31. “Over the holidays, Joel and I had a lot of prayerful and meaningful conversations, and we decided that we’re better as friends and parents than as an engaged couple,” she told co-host, Jenna Bush Hager.
“So we decided to embark on our new path as loving parents to our adorably delightful children and as friends in the new year.” While some viewers were taken aback by Hoda’s announcement, many others, including her former co-host Kathie Lee Gifford, were quick to offer their support.
“My darling Hoda, I am truly so proud of the way you have handled a very difficult and painful decision, as usual, you did it with grace and kindness,” Kathie Lee wrote in a comment on a Today Instagram post.
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The couple, who has been together since 2013 and has two daughters, Hope and Haley, decided to divorce after more than eight years together. Kathie Lee continued, “May God bless you and your precious girls, as well as Joel as a wall, as you journey through this thing called life. I adore you.”
Nothing out of the ordinary occurred, according to Hoda. She instead stated that some relationships “are meant to be there for a reason, for a season, or for a lifetime, and I feel like ours was meant to be there for a season.”
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“I think a lot of women know what it’s like to be changing course in life right now,” Hoda said. “And I’m feeling really brave right now, which is a strange sensation. But, every now and then, you just have to tell the truth.”
Soon after her announcement, Hoda’s closest friends posted messages of support on social media. Ina Garten stated, “Hoda, I’m sending you lots of love. You’re surrounded by people you care about, so you’ll always be fine.” Bobbie Thomas continued, “@HodaKotb, I adore you. Your kindness and grace are unfathomable.”
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