Hoda Kotb Makes Jenna Bush Hager’s ‘Life Full’: I ‘Depend’ on Her

Her BFF! Jenna Bush Hager opened up about Hoda Kotb’s absence from the Right now present following her daughter’s hospitalization — and the bond that’s been fashioned between the 2 co-anchors. 

“Hoda makes my life full,” Hager, 41, informed Leisure Tonight in an interview revealed on Thursday, March 9. “And it’s so attention-grabbing, however you don’t actually know till any individual’s form of gone, unexpectedly, how a lot you rely on them.”

Hager, who has hosted Right now With Hoda & Jenna alongside Kotb, 58, since 2008, informed the outlet that she wrote a notice to her longtime pal explaining how a lot their friendship means to her. “I don’t even know if , how a lot you impression my life,” she recalled writing to the Oklahoma native whereas tearing up. 

Kotb returned to Right now on Monday, March 6, after a prolonged absence from the stay tapings. The kids’s e book creator revealed that her 3-year-old daughter, Hope, had been within the hospital. (Kotb shares Hope and daughter Haley Pleasure, 6, with ex-fiancé Joel Schiffman.) 

“My youngest [daughter], Hope, was within the ICU for a number of days and within the hospital for just a little greater than per week,” Kotb informed cohost Savannah Guthrie on the time. “I’m so grateful she’s dwelling. … I used to be ready for that day to come back. And we’re watching her carefully. I’m simply so completely happy.”

Whereas detailing her daughter’s restoration on Monday, Kotb recalled a candy interplay she had together with her baby. “The opposite day … she had in her hand two little confetti stars, and he or she stated, ‘I acquired two, Mother. One for me and one for you,’” she recounted. “And I believed to myself, ‘Even when she’s not feeling good, she’s nonetheless giving every thing away.’”

The This Simply Speaks to Me creator additionally mirrored on the care her daughter obtained whereas within the hospital and expressed her gratitude to the medical consultants who helped her.  

“When your youngster is in poor health, the quantity of gratitude you possibly can have for individuals who helped you out … I’m grateful for the docs at Weill Cornell who have been superb and the nurses,” she gushed. “And I’m grateful to my household. Kotb later revealed that Hope is out of the hospital and doing effectively. 

“She’s vibrant and sensible,” she stated. “I’m over the moon that she’s dwelling.” 

The next day, Kotb took to social media to thank followers for his or her ongoing messages of affection and assist. 

“I’ve learn your notes … your posts … thanks,” she tweeted on Tuesday, March 7. “Means greater than you’ll ever know xo.”

Following her co-anchor’s return earlier this week, Hager — who shares daughters Mila, 9, and Poppy, 7, and son Hal, 3, with husband Henry Chase Hager — informed ET that Kotb shared a message which put issues in perspective. 

“I believe she stated it greatest. She stated, ‘You understand, it’s a Monday after which it’s an bizarre day, and issues can change in a second. And I am simply so grateful that I’ve a companion in tv that appreciates each single second, and encourages me to do the identical,” Hager shared on Thursday. ‘And I’ve these three treasured youngsters who imply every thing to me. So, it’s good that we each have our priorities in verify.” 

She continued, “I really feel like typically in New York Metropolis, issues can get loopy, and your world can turn into too quick, and it type of slowed every thing down and reminded us what’s essential.”