Hoda Kotb Husband, Divorce, Baby, Ethnicity, Boyfriend

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Hoda Kotb Husband, Divorce, Baby, Ethnicity, Boyfriend

Quick Fact Check

  • Date of Birth 1964-08-09
  • Age 55 Years 5 Month(s)
  • Nationality American
  • Birth Place Norman, Oklahoma, United States
  • Profession Broadcaster
  • Nick Name Hoda
  • Zodiac Sign Leo
  • Religion Islam
  • Ethnicity/Race Egyptian
  • Father A.K. Kotb
  • Mother Sameha Kotb
  • Brother/s Adel Kotb
  • Sister/s Hala Kotb
  • Daughter/s Haley Joy Kotb, Hope Catherine Kotb
  • Relationship Status Dating
  • Divorce/Split Yes (Once)
  • Boyfriend Joel Schiffman (2013-present)
  • Ex-Husband Burzis Kanga (m. 2005–2008)
  • Dating/Affair Joel Schiffman (2013-present)
  • Salary $8 Million Per Year
  • Net Worth $30 Million
  • Career 1986–present
  • High School Fort Hunt High School
  • College Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Height/ How Tall? 5'9" (1.75 m)
  • Weight 72 kg (158 lbs)
  • Feet (Shoe) Size 9.5 (US)
  • Hair Short
  • Hair Color Light Brown
  • Eye Color Dark Brown
  • Body Measurements 38-30-38 inches
  • Lesbian No

Hoda Kotb is a known name. Aside from being the co-host of a very famous show, Kotb is also known to be an inspiration for winning over Cancer.

However, not much info is there about her personal life. It turns out that she is a divorcee. Know about her married life with ex-husband, ex-boyfriend and also her present relationship status.

Know About Hoda Kotb's Ex Husband

Between 2005 and 2007, Hoda Kotb was in a marital relationship to Burzis Kanga, but she couldn’t be his wife for very long. As only two years later since the marriage, the couple went through a divorce.

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Hoda Kotb told about the split to the viewers of Today on 14th February 2013, during Valentine’s Day.

A picture of Burzis Kanga (Photo: wikipicky.com)

It was a time when love was in the air, well not for a few people including Hoda. She told the viewers that she got married on Valentine’s Day. Just before going, “awww” hear what Hoda further added,

“Wait — it gets worse. And we signed our divorce papers on Valentine’s Day.”

Then she asked, “Do we have drinks?" looking fanatically around to soothe herself with a drink. Who wouldn’t after saying something like that on national TV?

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Anyway, she was only married once so she must have been mentioning Burzis Kanga, who used to be the tennis coach of the University of New Orleans. He is not that famous, so we don’t know his current situation, but he appears to be of mixed ethnicity.

Boyfriends After Divorce

After divorcing Kanga, she dated a lawyer, Jay Blumenkopf, for a while until she revealed that they had broken up.

Hoda Kotb with ex-boyfriend Jay Blumenkopf in the US Open 2011 (Photo: netdna-cdn.com)

He dumped her because he didn’t see a future with her. She explained this to the media six months after the divorce from her first husband. But maybe this was for the better as she met someone in 2013.

Hoda Kotb tried to keep her boyfriend a secret but only managed for two years -- his identity got eventually revealed on 20th January 2015. He is a Manhattan financier named Joel Schiffman. They have been together for almost six years now.

On Hoda's Relationship With Financer Boyfriend

The respected journo and her husband prospect Joel - who has a daughter from a previous relationship - initially met in the summer of 2013 at a Wall Street event, where she was speaking.

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One year after revealing Joel's identity, in October 2016 Hoda moved in together. At the time, she feared judgment from her parents and the world at large. On her words:-

"I was afraid to tell my own mother that I was moving in with my boyfriend. I was afraid. I don't know. I know it sounds weird — I've been married. It's like, 'Whatever!' But it's weird. It's a little odd."

But then a tragedy struck - Because of the treatment she undertook for break cancer, she learned that she wouldn't be able to conceive.

After talking over the matter, Hoda and her boyfriend worked through a New York adoption agency and eventually adopted a baby daughter named Haley Joy in February 2017.

Hoda Kotb and her boyfriend, Joel Schiffman celebrating Haley Joy's second birthday in Feb 2019 (Photo:- Hoda Kotb's IG)

The veteran journo left Joel's name from the paperwork to speed up the adoption process. Her boyfriend is an equal participant in Haley's parenting despite the fact.

With that, the pair is practically living like a married pair. However, marriage is the last thing on Hoda's mind. In 2016 interview, she shared:-

"I've gone down that road once, so I would've normally said definitely not. So the fact that I'm saying I don't know is saying something."

Indeed, her fear of walking down the aisle for the second time stems from the bitter divorce she went through with her first husband.

Baby Number Two

On 16th April, Hoda broke a piece of happy news- to her Today colleagues and the world- about a new addition to her family. She revealed via a phone call while the show was on air that she had adopted a second daughter.

Well, the little munchkin’s name is Hope Catherine Kotb and her elder sister Haley Joy Kotb is thrilled to become an older sister. According to her journalist mom, Haley tired to feed her little sister raspberries.

While the whole world was overjoyed with the arrival of the second child, a particular person in Hoda’s life said kind words about the new mummy. The former co-host of Today, Kathie Lee Gifford revealed she was thrilled for her former colleague. Kathie spent 11 years in the show and sure had nothing but goodwill for her former co-worker.

The journalist left Today’s show in April 2019 to focus on her book and movie career.

Bio - From Age to Ethnicity

She was born on August 9, 1964, in Norman, Oklahoma, USA. Her parents are Egyptians, so she is of mixed ethnicity. They lived in Egypt for years and in Nigeria as well

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After graduating from the Fort Hunt High Scholl, she went on to attend Virginia Tech. She scaled on top of the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio De Janeiro.

Hoda Kotb, age 54, was the co-host for Today Show's fourth hour. She has also been a correspondent for Dateline NBC from 1998. She is also the author of the New-York Times Best-seller, 'Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee' that came out in October 2010. 

She is the recipient of a Daytime Emmy award 2010.