Kathy Lee Gifford Supports Hoda Kotb Amid Joel Schiffman Split

Hoda Kotb received a message of love and support from the former “Today” anchor, Kathy Lee Gifford, after Kotb announced her He broke up with fiancé Joel Schiffman.

Gifford wrote in the comments section of Instagram post About Kotb and Schiffman’s split on Monday.

Gifford continued, “As usual I did so with mercy and kindness. God bless you and your precious daughters and Joel as well as you continue on this thing called life. I love you.”

Kotb, 57, and Gifford, 68, hosted the fourth hour of “Today” together until 2019 when they I decided to leave the show. (Gina Bush Hager took over as co-host of Pole upon Gifford’s departure.)

Hoda Kotb and Kathy Lee Gifford on set "today."
Kathy Lee Gifford praised her friend Hoda Kotb for the way she handled her “very difficult and painful decision”.
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At the time of her exit, Gifford had a passion for “goddess” Mogul.

She said, “In 2008, I joined the Today program family intending to spend one year. But something unexpected happened along the way: I fell in love with a beautiful, talented and extraordinary Egyptian goddess named Hoda, and an incredible group of people who work tirelessly Delighted in their jobs, many of them started in the middle of the night, creating an unprecedented four hours of live television.

“I spent year after year making a million memories with people I will never forget.”

Aside from Gifford, “Today” reporter Bobby Thomas also shared an encouraging message for the mogul after her announcement. Thomas wrote, “I love you so much @hodakotb Your grace and kindness are beyond that.”

Kotb announced that her engagement ended at the top of “Today” at 10 a.m. on Monday.

She began live on air: “I wanted to eat something that a few of you might have noticed.” “People wrote in and asked why I wasn’t wearing my engagement ring. Joel and I had a lot of meaningful, meaningful conversations during the holiday and decided that we were better friends and parents than an engaged couple.”

Joel Schiffman and Hoda Kotb pose for a photo together.
Joel Schiffman and Hoda Kotb have been together for over eight years.
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“So we decided to start this new year and kind of start a new path as loving parents of our wonderful, wonderful children and friends,” the journalist continued.

Schiffman, 63 years old Proposed on pole in 2019but their wedding plans have been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The couple first started dating in 2013 and share two adopted children: Hayley Joy, 4, and Hope Katherine, 2.


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