The ‘TODAY’ show is one co-host less due to COVID-19.
On Thursday, January 6, it was announced Hoda Kotb tested positive for COVID-19.
The latest variant, Omicron, is currently sweeping the world and wreaking havoc in those vaccinated, boosted and unvaccinated.
Kotb has been both vaccinated and boosted; however, she still wasn’t able to escape the wrath of COVID-19.
Hoda Got Covid!
Her co-hosts, Savannah Guthrie, Craig Melvin and Sheinelle Jones drew attention to her absence during Thursday’s telecast.
“We should mention, before we get to the news, the reason Hoda is off like many others, she tested positive for COVID. But, Hoda tells us she’s doing just fine and we look forward to having her back very very soon,” Melvin said.
Hoda Kotb has tested positive for COVID-19. She tells us she’s doing just fine, and we look forward to having her back soon. pic.twitter.com/pT1VV5cqPR
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 6, 2022
Despite testing positive, the TV personality is staying optimistic and even took to Twitter on Thursday to give fans an update on her health status.
Hoda Has Been Vaxxed & Boosted
“Thx for well wishes! Feeling good.. ❤️ cant wait to see you all when I am in the clear! Xo,” she informed fans.
Kotb isn’t the only TV show co-host to have been gripped by COVID’s claws.
Thx for well wishes! Feeling good.. ❤️ cant wait to see you all when I am in the clear! Xo
— Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) January 6, 2022
“The View” co-host tested positive for COVID over the holidays, and in fact, the entire ‘View’ family was affected by the virus in one way or another.
On Monday, January 3, Whoopi’s co-host, Joy Behar, announced the diagnosis.
Behar told viewers, “Whoopi unfortunately tested positive over the break, but she will hopefully be back next week. Since she is vaxxed and boosted, her symptoms have been very, very mild, but we are being super cautious here at The View.”
Behar added that she and her co-hosts may check in on Whoopi later this week.
In fact, on Wednesday “The View” did just that and checked in on Whoopi.
Whoopi Gives Health Update On “The View”
CHECKING IN WITH WHOOPI ❤️ After testing positive for a COVID-19 breakthrough case over the holidays, our @WhoopiGoldberg joins us live from home to tell us how she’s doing and shares that she plans to return to #TheView on Monday! https://t.co/cVclFZQmjA pic.twitter.com/I0wdGt9Jyd
— The View (@TheView) January 5, 2022
While wearing a sweater that read “Over It,” Whoopi told her ‘View’ co-stars, “I left a couple weeks ago just before the break, because someone I had been around tested positive for coronavirus, so I left. So, I’ve been gone a long time I feel.”
She explained how each co-host is tested regularly.
“They tested me and it was like, ‘Oh no, you not coming back. We aint sending anyone to your house, you have corona, and it was like ‘Wait, what?’ It was a shock you know, because I’m triple vaxxed. I haven’t been anywhere; I haven’t done anything. That’s the thing about the Omicron, you just don’t know where it is,” Whoopi explained. “You don’t where it is, who’s got it, who’s passin’ it.”
She continued to explain that she was in a situation where she had done everything that she was supposed to do, but it doesn’t stop Omicron.
In addition to Whoopi, Ana Navarro’s father contracted Covid, Sarah Haines’ husband contracted it, and Sunny Hostin came down with a case of COVID.
Stay safe out there everyone.