hoda and joel

*“Today” show host Hoda Kotb has been dating a mystery man for almost two years, and has somehow managed to keep his identity a secret until very recently, reports E!

Only referring to him as “Boots,” Hoda never revealed his name. But “Access Hollywood’s” Billy Bush guest co-hosted with the morning hostess Monday and “outed” her boyfriend as financier Joel Schiffman.

“Joel is out from the shadows,” Hoda joked after Billy said his name.

But after keeping the secret for so long, Hoda admitted that it felt good to finally speak the truth about her boyfriend.

“You know I have to say it feels…I feel like some relief because you know when you feel like you’re keeping a secret,” Hoda said. “I talked to him this morning and I was like, ‘Who cares?’ He said, ‘Who cares?'”

Instead of “Boots,” which she dubbed him after only showing his shoes for so long, the world has finally gotten a glimpse of Joel, 56.

She had previously been married to tennis coach Burzis Kanga for two years until 2007.
She told the Huffington Post in August that she met Joel one night when she hadn’t originally planned to go out because of bad weather, but ended up doing so despite the rain.

“I’m so glad I went out that night because it was a chance meeting that ended up being kind of a life transforming event for me,” she said. “I feel like I have found real-life joy right as I’m knocking on the door of 50, with a wonderful guy, and I feel very blessed, you know?”