Hoda Kotb’s fiancee Joel Schiffman makes his Today debut on the new set of Hoda & Jenna & Friends


Hoda Kotb and her new co-host Jenna Bush Hager debuted their new fourth hour of The Today Show, Hoda & Jenna & Friends on Thursday, where Kotb’s finacee made his Today debut.

Kotb, 55, entered her new set with Bush Hager, 38, making their way through the crowd on Thursday morning.

When they got down to the floor, Kotbe greeted her fiancee, Joel Schiffman, with a kiss, while Hager welcomed her husband Henry Chase Hager. 

Kotb, clad in a bright red pantsuit with a sleeveless top and gold bracelets, where she gave Schiffman a kiss and a hug.

The hosts then went to hug their partner’s partner, as both Joel and Henry took their seats in the front row.

Kotb was previously married to former University of New Orleans tennis coach Burzis Kanga from 2005 until their split in 2008.

She started dating Schiffman, a New York City financier, in 2013, and she announced in November 2019 that they were engaged.

While the happy couple have not yet revealed a wedding date yet, Bush Hager joked about how this first day on set was their ‘wedding day.’

‘Y’all know what Hoda said to me on the way in? She goes, this is our wedding day. Joel, we’re practicing for you, okay?’ Jenna joked.

‘I didn’t bring it up, and I didn’t want him to feel bad and say he can’t come so I didn’t bring it up,’ Kotb added. 

‘And then, I sent him a text and said, “If you want to come any Thursday.” And he said, ‘How about this Thursday? I’m so glad you asked,’ Hoda said, before blowing him a kiss.

Both Schiffman and Henry Chase Hager then surprised their significant others with a bouquet of flowers for their first show in their new set.

Hoda recently revealed to DailyMail TV that she has her hands full planning their wedding and raising their two adopted daughters, Haley and Hope.  

‘We’re older parents, and there are great things that come with being an older parent, but the scary part is, who knows how long you’ll have on this journey with your children, and all I said was let’s lay the best foundation we can lay and make sure that forever they have someone when asked, “Do you remember?” They’ll say, “Yes! I remember!”‘ 


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