Former ‘Today’ Cohost Kathie Lee Gifford Is ‘Thrilled’ for Hoda Kotb After Baby No. 2 

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Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Sending well-wishes! Kathie Lee Gifford congratulated Hoda Kotb after her second baby announcement.

“Hoda’s a momma again,” the former Today Show cohost, 65, said on The Five on Tuesday, April 16. “I’m thrilled about that. I knew that was coming. I just didn’t know when it was coming.”

Kotb, 54, announced the same day that she had adopted a second baby girl, Hope Catherine, after welcoming Haley, now 2, to her family in February 2017.

“[Hope] is laying on the pillow right now,” the journalist told her cohosts over the phone. “I’m feeding her. I can’t believe it. Like, I’m sitting here and, you know, you think that maybe you have gotten what you deserve, but man, I’m so happy she is here.”

And she isn’t the only one! Haley is already “digging” big sisterhood, the You Are My Happy author said, adding, “At breakfast she was trying to feed her raspberries. I was like, ‘Not yet, babe.’ She was literally marching around saying, ‘I’m a big sister.’ … She did try to crawl into her bassinet.”

Kotb and Gifford cohosted the fourth hour of Today together for more than a decade before the singer left earlier this month.

“Kathie Lee was just tired. She’s been doing the same morning show routine for decades,” a source told Us Weekly exclusively after her December 2018 announcement to leave. “Before Today, she was live with Regis [Philbin] for 15 years. She’s ready to try something new! She’s excited to take on a new stage in her career and throw herself into new challenges.”

“[She] will still be a part of the NBC family,” the insider added. “I’m sure you will still see her on the air from time to time. Everyone is excited for Kathie Lee’s new adventure and wish her well.”

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