What ‘Today Show’s’ Hoda Kotb Just Told Ellen About Having More Kids

Hoda Kotb of the Today Show and Today with Hoda and Jenna is clearly enjoying life on the home front. Now engaged to longtime boyfriend Joel Schiffman, Kotb heads the morning news program during the early hours of the day then heads home to spend time with her two young daughters, Hope, almost 1, and Haley, almost 3.

Making a recent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Kotb told the host that she and Schiffman are still open to expanding their family.

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Past comments on more kids

Since Kotb’s battle with breast cancer in 2007 left her unable to conceive a child biologically, she found her joy (literally) by adopting Haley Joy in February 2017 with Schiffman. After experiencing motherhood, Kotb decided to broach Schiffman about adopting another child.

“When I talked to [Joel] about two, I said, ‘Hey, I want to talk to you about something.’ I said, ‘I really feel like [Haley] should have a sibling… just to go through life with,” Kotb recalled, according to People. “‘It’s a long life she’s going to live.’ I want her to say, ‘That’s my brother, that’s my sister.’” 

Schiffman was totally on board, and the couple adopted Hope Catherine in April 2019. Kotb and Schiffman immediately took to parenting the girls, so much so that they have been contemplating adding to their brood.“I come from three, so I’d never close a door, ever, ever.” she told People in May.

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Talking with Ellen

In her January 29 appearance on Ellen, Kotb was asked if she was still considering having more kids. “I don’t know. I’m not 100 [percent] sure,” Kotb said after a pause, according to People. “I’m a sign person — I always look for signs — and I feel like there are some signs out there that are pointing to [having more kids].”

The Today anchor told DeGeneres that she often finds clarity by writing down her thoughts. “I was scribbling in my journal and I was asking myself that question and I wrote in there, ‘I’m wondering if we should,’” Kotb revealed. “And I wrote, ‘Do we have enough love?’ And I wrote, ‘Yes.’ And I said, ‘Do we have enough time?’ And I wrote, ‘Yes.’ And I said, ‘Would our family be more enhanced?’ And I wrote, ‘Yes.’… So I was thinking maybe the answer’s yes,” Kotb said.

Parenting later in life

Kotb, who is 55 years old, is relishing being a mom. In October, she told Page Six that she now feels like she’s living her best life, sharing a quote that she’s always found to be inspiring.

“One of them is, ‘You only need three things to be happy. Something to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to,” Kotb said. “I realized most of my life I’ve had something to do but that was it. I didn’t really in that early time have someone to love and something to look forward to… For all the people who are late bloomers, hang in babe. It’s fun at the end, it’s really fun at the end.”

The journalist also revealed that she felt providing her kids with siblings was important to her and Schiffman. “When you’re parents later in life … watching Haley and Hope together, all I really want is for them to have someone to hold their hand forever, and that’s it,” Kotb told DeGeneres. “That’s all I want. I was scared, because we’re older, like maybe [it’s too late]. But then I realized they’ll have each other.”

Kotb’s contentment is evident when she speaks of her family and her newfound role as a mom, saying “life, finally, makes sense… I think I thought it did [before] but now, when I get home after work — and that’s usually in the afternoon — Haley, my older one, jumps 5 feet, 9 inches into my arms,” she shared. “I get that when I go home. And Hope smiles at me.”

The Today co-host expressed that her life now feels complete like never before. “I said to Joel, ‘I’ve worked my whole life, and my work has always ridden sidecar, forever. And all of a sudden, I have clarity.’ It’s weird.”

Time will tell if Kotb and Schiffman will make another addition to their family. In the meantime, they have a wedding to plan!