Survivors Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
- Today host Hoda Kotb, 57, just returned back from what seems like a much-needed vacation amid reports that she and co-star Savannah Guthrie, 50, are not as close at they may appear.
- Despite these source accounts—although some fans agree the tension is palpable—the ladies have kept it classy and appear to support one another, at least on the surface.
- Hopefully, if there are any current issues in the workplace, Hoda rises above and doesn’t let it affect her too much personally. Cancer survivors tend to not sweat the small stuff—all we see is a radiant on-camera personality helping to brighten other people’s days.
“Y’all all look uncomfortably awkward on the couch,” one viewer noted, while another talked smack about Savannah being a “ball hog” in a group setting. In general, fans noticed that Hoda, who is a breast cancer survivor, is the only one who appears relaxed and comfortable in the midst of the so-called drama.Read More
The source of that stress: a source had recently spilled to The Sun about alleged tensions behind the scenes of one of America’s top morning TV shows.
“Savannah is the boss. After Matt Lauer was ousted, Savannah grabbed power, and she really wanted Willy Geist in Hoda’s role, but his ratings were just not up to par for the network,” the source said. “Hoda out-maneuvered Savannah and got the spot.”
The source claims that Savannah “thinks of herself as a real news person,” with Hoda not having quite the amount of cred. “Savannah was the White House correspondent before getting the host job, which also explains her love for Jenna since her father was president.”
Jenna, as in Jenna Bush Hager, 40, George W. Bush’s daughter, who allegedly plays both sides with her colleagues, according to the source. “Jenna and Savannah are the best of friends, and they ice Hoda out. Jenna landed the best job on TV with zero experience- no one works people better than Jenna.”
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Cancer survivors like Hoda are advised to make sure to keep stress at a low ebb and focus on living the best and healthiest life possible.
But The Sun may have forgotten that before hitting the Today show’s fun-loving 10 a.m. hour more than a decade ago, Hoda had a long career as a TV reporter, going back to her first local TV reporter job in Mississippi in 1988 after she graduated with a broadcast journalism degree from prestigious Virginia Tech University. She would later spend many highly successful years as a correspondent for Dateline NBC, winning many prestigious awards. Hoda’s journalistic credentials may be stronger than Savannah’s, some have observed!
The Today show did not respond to The Sun‘s requests for comment.
Despite reports, the ladies have kept it classy on TV and appear to support one another, at least on the surface. Besides, let’s be real, who doesn’t have issues with even their best friends sometimes?
Savannah spoke kindly about Hoda at The Paley Center last month, talking specifically about her replacing the disgraced Matt Lauer.
“All I know was in that moment, it felt like I could drown if Hoda hadn’t reached down and grabbed my hand,” Savannah shared. “I will always say she saved the show full stop. And holding hands with her and being like, ‘We’re going to do this together,’ meant everything to me. I don’t think I had the confidence by myself.”
Savannah went on to refer to Hoda as “a friend, a cheerleader, and a partner.”
“It’s incredible. I always say, ‘I’ll hold my hands and close my eyes and go anywhere with you.’ I would.”
Life After Breast Cancer
Kotb was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2007 when she was 43 years old. Doctors discovered lumps in her breast during a routine exam. She went through a mastectomy and was thankfully declared in remission. Kotb had never had a mammogram before, and this experience led her to become an advocate for breast cancer prevention and awareness.
Known for her positive and upbeat attitude on and off-screen, the loving mother is indeed the perfect person to cheerlead other survivors, but it’s also perfectly okay for her to look to others for support when she’s off camera.
In January, Kotb announced that she split with her fiancé of 8 years, financier Joel Schiffman, 64. The amicable pair co-parent 2-year-old Hope Catherine and Hailey, age 4, both of whom they adopted together.
Now that Hoda has had time to adjust to a big change in her home life, it’s safe to say the last thing she wants is tension at work. Hopefully, if there are issues, she rises above and doesn’t let it affect her too much personally. Cancer survivors tend to not sweat the small stuff. Those who haven’t gone through it may be more concerned about power or money or work clout, but all we see is a radiant on-camera personality helping brighten other people’s days.