Because the Today show is shot in New York City, many of the cohosts live in expensive condos in the city rather than large mansions. In fact, Al Roker and former cohost Katie Couric both live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. As for Hoda Kotb, who took over Matt Lauer‘s job, she admitted in 2016 that she’s still getting used to the “quirks” of New York realty.
“The lady was like, there’s the apartment I want to show you,” she told Katie Lee Gifford on Today. “Over here is the bedroom, now look right over here, turn, here’s the living room! I was standing in one room and I couldn’t believe that that’s what they were renting.” Yep, welcome to New York, Hoda!
Although life in the Big Apple came as a bit of a shock to the Oklahoma native, Hoda adjusted just fine with her fiancé, Joel Schiffman. In fact, she told Kathie Lee that she found a quick way to walk her dog.
“You want your dog to get a little run in, and in New York living, I sometimes just have him run down the hall,” Hoda revealed on Today. “You throw a ball, and he just runs down the hall. I had two balls in my hand, and he raced after it. I threw one down the hall, and I reached down to grab the other ball and looked up, and he had vanished!”
To Hoda’s surprise, she realized that some activities were meant for the outdoors. It wasn’t until she chased after her dog that the TV personality learned why people never play catch indoors.
“He was gone. He wasn’t in the hall,” she said. “I walked down the hall, and someone’s apartment door was cracked; they hadn’t shut it. He had run into their apartment, and he had went somewhere up the stairs. I was literally standing in a stranger’s apartment, yelling ‘Blake! Blake! Get out of here!’ I was terrified! I was having the sweats!” LOL.
Looks like Hoda learned a thing or two about living in New York that day.
Check out the gallery below to take a tour inside the condos of Today show hosts!
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