Know About Hoda Kotb Divorce And Her Journey To Motherhood

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Know About Hoda Kotb Divorce And Her Journey To Motherhood

Quick Information

  • Boyfriend Joel Schiffman (2013-present)
  • Lesbian No
  • Body Measurements 38-30-38 inches
  • Eye Color Dark Brown
  • Hair Color Light Brown
  • Hair Short
  • Feet (Shoe) Size 9.5 (US)
  • Weight 72 kg (158 lbs)
  • Height/ How Tall? 5'9" (1.75 m)
  • College Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • High School Fort Hunt High School
  • Career 1986–present
  • Net Worth $30 Million
  • Salary $8 Million Per Year
  • Dating/Affair Joel Schiffman (2013-present)
  • Ex-Husband Burzis Kanga (m. 2005–2008)
  • Date of Birth Aug 09, 1964
  • Age 59 Years, 9 Months
  • Divorce/Split Yes (Once)
  • Relationship Status Dating
  • Daughter/s Haley Joy Kotb, Hope Catherine Kotb
  • Sister/s Hala Kotb
  • Brother/s Adel Kotb
  • Mother Sameha Kotb
  • Father A.K. Kotb
  • Ethnicity/Race Egyptian
  • Religion Islam
  • Zodiac Sign Leo
  • Nick Name Hoda
  • Profession Broadcaster
  • Birth Place Norman, Oklahoma, United States
  • Nationality American

Hoda Kotb, a well-known TV host, has divorced her first husband.

Hoda Kotb, 57, who rose to fame from being a host for the two big TV Show, Today and Dateline NBC, filed for divorce from her first husband a few years back. But what caused their divorce in their seemly happy marriage.

Let’s take a look at why she divorced her first husband.

Hoda Kotb’s Divorce

Hoda was previously married to Burzis Kanga, head coach for men’s and women’s tennis at the University of New Orleans. They first met each other on Valentine’s Day during a fundraiser organized by the American Heart Association in 2005.

Burzis, Hoda's then-boyfriend, was in an on-and-off relationship. However, Burzis proposed to Hoda in May 2005 and got married the same year. The former couple tied the knot in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Burziz Kanga Picture

A picture of Burzis Kanga (Photo:

But their marriage didn’t continue for long, and after being married for two years, they decided to divorce. 

The reason for their divorce has not been disclosed. But, before their separation, Hoda was diagnosed with breast cancer, and her cancer is claimed to be one of the reasons for their divorce. However, it might not be the only reason for their divorce as there might be some undisclosed problems underneath their marriage.

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Hoda Kotb with ex-boyfriend Jay Blumenkopf in the US Open 2011 (Photo:

After splitting with Burzis, Hoda went out with Jay Blumenkopf. But their relationship soon ended, and Hoda moved on from the relationship to be with Joel.

Hoda Kotb’s Boyfriend

Hoda has been in a relationship with Joel Schiffman since 2013, after meeting each other for the first time at a Wall Street book signing event in the summer of that same year.

The couple’s relationship took a step forward when Hoda announced she was moving in together with her boyfriend during her Sirius XM satellite radio show, The Hoda Show, in October 2016.

Hoda always shared details about her relationship with her boyfriend with viewers of Today, and the couple seemed to enjoy each other's company to the fullest. But their happiness didn’t stop there. In November 2019, after being in a relationship for six years, Joel finally proposed to Hoda. 

It was a very emotional moment for both of them, and Hoda admits that she was not the only one shedding tears during her romantic beachside engagement

The couple was planning for a destination wedding together, but it has to be postponed due to pandemic.

However, Hoda dropped a bombshell on the media on January 31, 2022. She announced that she and her boyfriend Joel were no longer together. She said that they were better-being friends and parents than being an engaged couple. 

Hoda Korb Break Up

Hoda talking about her break-up.(Source: Twitter)

They had a long conversation with each other about their marriage and future, which led them to the conclusion of getting separated. 

Hoda shared her separation from her boyfriend will have no effect on their children and that they will both put their children first.

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Hoda Kotb’s Children

In 2007, Hoda has diagnosed with stage one breast cancer and had a mastectomy. During the time, she thought of freezing her eggs as she wanted to be a mother in the future, but her doctor told her that she wouldn't be able to bear children due to her age and treatment. 

This news devasted her, but she took one step forward in the hopes of one day being a mother.

Her wish came true when her then-boyfriend Joel Schiffman backed her up and finally helped her realize her long-held dream. 

In February 2017, Hoda and Joel welcomed their first daughter, Haley Joy, into their family through adoption. Their family grew again in April 2019 by adopting their second daughter, Hope Catherine. 

Her daughters have fulfilled her wish of being a mom, and she is nothing but happy at this moment.

Hoda's Daughters

Hoda uploads her daughter's picture on Instagram. (Source: Instagram)

She considers becoming a mother to be the best thing that has ever happened to her.

Currently, Hoda is single and shows no sign of dating anyone. At this moment, she is focusing on her children and her career. 

Hoda Kotb’s Career

Hoda began her journalism career with CBS. After working for CBS, she joined NBC, where her career took off. She took over Matt Lauer as co-anchor with Samantha Guthrie with her skills. They were the first female duo to host Today since its inception in 1952. Over the years of her journalism career, she has won many awards, including two Emmys. 

Hoda is well-known for her work as a journalist and a writer. She has published several books, and one of her best-selling autobiographies is “How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cance, and Kathie Lee,” in 2010. She has mostly focused on inspirational stories about her personal life. 

Looking at Hoda’s success and work, her net worth is estimated to be around $30 million. Her salary increased after she replaced Matt Lauer as co-host on Today. 

Hoda has always been optimistic in her life, and after winning her battle against cancer, she has volunteered to help organizations raise awareness about cancer. 

She is an inspiration for all journalists and especially women. 

We hope to see more success for this amazing woman. We will definitely keep you updated on her life, so stay tuned.