The 54-year-old called the NBC program on Tuesday, April 16, to break the news to everyone over the phone. “Oh, I’m here. Hi, guys!” Hoda said before pal Savannah Guthrie asked, “Do you have something to tell us?” “Yes I do. It’s a girl!” the TV personality answered. What did she name her new baby? Hope Catherine — and she has already met her mom’s best friends.
Jenna Bush Hager, who replaced Kathie Lee Gifford as Hoda’s new sidekick, took to Instagram to share a photo of Hope alongside, Savannah, 47, Hoda and Hoda’s first daughter, 2-year-old Haley Joy. “Baby HOPE!!!!! Best day ever!!! NOT ONE TEAR LEFT,” the 37-year-old captioned the photo.
It was nothing but kind words in the comments section. One person said, “Great photo! Such happy faces! Congratulations to Hoda & family. What a wonderful Blessing!” Another fan added, “Welcome to the world Hope! @hodakotb So excited for you. Please keep yourself healthy so that your babies can enjoy their mommy for many many years.”
Savannah also shared the same photo and captioned it, “Holding on to dear Hope! The joy and gratitude of @hodakotb makes my heart sing.”
Hoda, who shares her two children with boyfriend Joel Schiffman, recently explained why the pair chose the name that they did for their baby girl. “Catherine is my best friend’s daughter’s name and it just so happens that this weekend when [Hope] was born, when we got her, it was also John’s birthday — my best friend’s husband who passed,” Hoda explained. “So it was a very emotional time for all of us and I said to Catherine, ‘you’re the strongest kid I know.’”
Talk about hitting everybody right in the feels. We’re so happy for Hoda!