Hoda Kotb attends Glamour’s 23rd annual Women of the Year awards on November 11, 2013 in New York City
*There was a report Tuesday that “Today” show co-host Hoda Kotb “had rejected a compelling deal” to join ABC’s “The View,” opting to stay with the NBC morning show’s fourth hour.
Well, this was news to “View” producers Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie.
“Bill and I have never called her. We have never met her. We have never offered her a compelling deal,” Walters said on the show this morning, refuting the story posted by Capital New York.
“I like her a lot,” Walters continued, before gesturing to her co-hosts and saying, “We are not offering any of you a compelling deal either.”
Capital New York reported that ABC News hoped to put her on ‘The View,’ and also make her an intricate part of the network, but that sources confirmed she was happiest at NBC News, where she’s been since her “Dateline” debut in 1998.
Walters couldn’t even pronounce Hoda’s last name correctly while denying the report this morning. New co-host Jenny McCarthy said Kotb wouldn’t like hosting “The View” anyway, because “we only have water in our cups.” (Kotb and her “Today” co-host Kathie Lee Gifford are famous for sipping wine during their broadcasts.)
*”Today” co-host Hoda Kotb accidentally showed her phone number on-air last week while she was trying to demonstrate the new Samsung smartwatch…and within seconds, all hell broke loose.
Her phone immediately blew up with phone calls and text messages from viewers, with at least one person texting her a picture of “his junk.”
At a New York Fashion Week presentation recently, Kotb told the New York Post that she has changed her number. She also gave the newspaper a glimpse of some of the 2,000 texts she received, saying that she hoped none were porn.
“There was only one porn I saw,” Kotb said. “Someone had to text his junk because that’s what people do.”
Rapper Mack 10 is 42 today
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If you don’t understand yourself you don’t understand anybody else. – Nikki Giovanni
Aug. 9: Rapper Kurtis Blow is 54. “Today” co-host Hoda Kotb is 49. Rapper Mack 10 is 42.
Aug. 9, 1936: Jesse Owens wins four gold medals in the Berlin Olympics. (Source: www.BlackFacts.com)
Host Hoda Kotb on the set of NBC’s TODAY Show on July 26, 2013 in New York, New York
*The New York Post is reporting that Hoda Kotb, who co-hosts the fourth hour of NBC’s “Today” with Kathie Lee Gifford, is on ABC’s short list to replace Joy Behar on ABC’s “The View.”
The network is reportedly “very interested” in signing Kotb, 48. Behar is leaving the show in August.
“The View” is undergoing a major cast shake-up following the departure of Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who exited earlier this month, Behar, and Barbara Walters, who is retiring next May. The show has also been criticized for the upcoming addition of Jenny McCarthy — particularly because of her polarizing views on vaccinations.
However, it’s unclear if Kotb would be open to making the move. Entertainment Weekly reported back in April that she was exploring other job opportunities as her contract nears its fall expiration date.
“Hoda loves her job at ‘Today’ and she’s very happy laughing and scratching with Kathie Lee every day,” a source told the newspaper. A rep from ABC also denied the report saying, “there’s absolutely zero truth to this whatsoever.”
Hoda Kotb wearing a dark brown jacket seen walking upper west side in New York City. (April 24, 2013)
*“Today” (fourth hour) co-anchor Hoda Kotb is single again.
Just over a year ago, the TV personality was calling her boyfriend, lawyer Jay Blumenkoph, “the real thing.” Apparently he wasn’t, but it hasn’t stopped her from getting back out there and continuing the search.
“You know what, I was with someone for two years,” Kotb, 48, tells PEOPLE. “Now I’m getting back in the groove. It’s really fun again.”
Kotb’s love life, a popular on-air talking point between Kotb and co-anchor Kathie Lee Gifford, says she’s in a good place and focused on the future.
“I heard Anderson Cooper’s mom [Gloria Vanderbilt] say this, and I’ll never forget it: ‘I always believe my next great love is around the corner.’ And I tell you, when you think about that – there’s something coming around,” says Kotb.
“Just keep your eyes open. I’ve just started dating again, and it’s really been great.”
Hoda Kotb attends the “Admission” New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on March 5, 2013 in New York City
*It looks like Hoda Kotb may be trying to bow out of NBC’s new albatross known as the “Today” show.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the fourth-hour co-host, who has anchored alongside Kathie Lee Gifford since 2007, will see her contract expire this fall and is reportedly taking meetings for other job possibilities.
However, a source close to the situation tells the magazine that it seems unlikely that Kotb will actually leave.
“Hoda loves her job at the ‘Today’ show and adores everyone she works with on the show. Her contract is coming up and she’s just expanding relationships and having coffee with a few people.”
The news comes less than two months after reported tension on the set between Kotb and Gifford after the latter wanted to move the fourth hour to Los Angeles so she could be closer to her family.
The news also comes on the heels of “Today’s” Matt Lauer getting bashed in the press, which included rumors that Anderson Cooper may replace him.