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Where is Today's Hoda Kotb? Anchor hints at absence on Instagram

Amber Peake June 30, 2022
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Today’s Hoda Kotb has been absent from her on-screen duties this week, with some viewers curious to know where she has been.

Having been part of Today for more than a decade, viewers wondered where the anchor was after her role was filled by other familiar staffers. 

Kotb is known to NBC audiences as co-anchor of Today and host of its fourth-hour show Hoda & Jenna alongside Jenna Bush Hager. 

We take a look at where Today star Hoda is as she hints on social media. 

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Hoda Kotb has been absent from Today all week

The Today star has not been on the show since Monday. Viewers will have noticed Hoda’s role was subbed by NBC News anchor Tom Llamas, who appeared alongside Today stars Savannah Guthrie and Craig Melvin. 

On Monday’s show, Guthrie explained Kotb was “off” but didn’t go into detail about her co-anchor’s whereabouts. Guthrie, Llamas and Melvin were by each other’s side once again on Tuesday and have continued hosting together in the days since.

Over the week, Jenna Bush Hager has also featured alongside some different faces on her and Kotb’s show as guest hosts have filled in Kotb’s fourth-hour duties. 

Some of the guest stars to fill in have been presenter Justin Sylvester, TV personality Willie Geist and comedian Michelle Buteau

Where is Today’s Hoda Kotb?

The Today anchor hinted at why she has been away from her on-screen role in a recent upload on Instagram. 

In a post to her 2.1 million followers shared on Wednesday (June 29) on the picture-sharing platform, Hoda explained she had been on “vacay.” 

While sharing a picture from her aircraft seat, she explained she was flying home from vacation and was watching her and Jenna Bush Hager’s show on the screen in front of her. 

On Wednesday’s edition of the show, Kotb’s anchoring role was filled by comedian Michelle Buteau, with the Today star dubbing her feature on the show as “excellent” amid her absence:

Kotb said to be off the rest of the week

The Today anchor is not expected to return to her on-screen duties before the end of the week.  

Hello! reports that at the start of Tuesday’s show, Savannah Guthrie explained Kotb would not be back on Today for the rest of the week. 

While she may not be returning to our screens just yet, her absence has been felt by fans and fellow hosts. 

In response to her recent Instagram following her vacation, co-host Jenna Bush Hager admitted she had “missed” Kotb this week. 

Michelle Buteau, who filled in for her on Wednesday, added: “Ma’am!!! Missing you and hope you’re having a mimosa.”

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Hoda Kotb has been part of Today for 15 years

Hoda Kotb has been a part of Today for more than a decade, having joined as an anchor in 2007. She was officially named co-anchor of the Today show alongside Savannah Guthrie in 2018

Kotb is also part of Today’s fourth-hour show, which she has been with since its debut in 2007. She previously hosted alongside Kathie Lee Gifford. However, since Gifford stepped down in 2019, Kotb has been joined by Jenna Bush Hager

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.