Hoda Kotb's Kids: Daughters Haley and Hope With Ex Joel Schiffman


Before Hoda Kotb and her former fiancé, Joel Schiffman, announced their breakup, they built a blended family. The financier was already a dad to daughter Kyle Schiffman from a previous relationship before meeting the Today cohost. The couple adopted daughters Haley Joy and Hope Catherine during their relationship. 

Hoda and Joel began dating in 2013 after meeting at an event in NYC. The pair adopted Haley in 2017 and Hope in 2019. They got engaged in November 2019 but postponed their wedding several times due to COVID-19. Hoda announced their split during an episode of Today in January 2022. 

“He’s a great guy. He’s a very kind and loving person, and I feel privileged to have spent eight years with him,” she said. “We are both good and we are both kind of going on our way and our path. We’ll be good parents to those two lovely kids.”

Hoda Kotb’s Daughter Haley Joy

Haley is definitely her mother’s mini-me! After Hoda welcomed her little one via adoption in 2017, she revealed what it felt like to be a new mom to Closer.

“Motherhood is — it’s the best job I have ever had in my life, ever,” she said at the time. The mom of two is also happy that she gave adoption a try because being a mother has been so fulfilling to her! Once she decided to have a second child, she prepared Haley for her new role as a big sister. After Hope came, Haley “adjusted incredibly well.”

“There have been a lot of heart-to-hearts between Hoda and Haley, making sure she knows how special she is to them, and that Hope is an addition, not a replacement, which is something [Haley] could think if not handled the right way,” an insider told Closer in April 2019. “Hoda makes sure Haley knows she’s going to get all the love and attention that she ever did, with the bonus of having a sister around as well.”

Hoda Kotb Spends Time With Her Daughters By the Pool
Courtesy of Hoda Kotb/Instagram

Just like her mom, Haley also has a kind heart. Hoda shared a sweet story about her daughter during a July 2022 episode of Today. After saving up her allowance, the youngster bought an ice cream cone for a man named Mo who works at a local restaurant. 

“She took her money out of her Ziploc, and she got the biggest hug,” Hoda recalled. “Afterwards, we sat down — Hope, Haley, me and Mo and he said, ‘Do you know why this cone is extra special today? And Haley said, ‘Why?’ And he said, ‘Because it’s my birthday.’”

In March 2024, Hoda revealed on Today that she was moving into a new home with her daughters.

“The girls are apparently excited, even though Haley was a little sad because she’s already made some close friends in school,” a source told Closer at the time. “Hope is only 4, so she’s ready for the adventure.”

Hoda Kotb’s Daughter Hope Catherine

Hoda thought her life was complete until her she welcomed her baby girl, Hope.

“I feel like I’ve lived 54 years, and I’ve loved every minute of it, but if there’s a window or a moment in my life that has mattered more than anything, it’s right now,” she said while on maternity leave after her daughter’s birth. “I know it’s sort of weird that I’m taking this much time, but I just feel like, you know, sometimes you don’t know how much of your kids’ lives you’re going to be able to see. You just don’t know.”

“So, every day, we do the same thing, and it’s so dumb. Like, we have morning bubbles outside, we go to the muffin store and get a muffin, we burp Hope — it’s the same day,” she added. “But it’s awesome, it’s the most awesome day ever.”

Hoda Kotb's daughters wear matching shirts
Courtesy of Hoda Kotb/Instagram

Though the pair split while Hope was still a toddler, they do everything to make sure the kids spend an equal amount of time with both of them. 

“He sees the kids,” the New York Times bestselling author told Us Weekly in April 2022. “He takes them to school some, and he sees them on weekends. We’ve got a really nice, easy situation.”

In February 2023, Hoda took a break from Today when Hope landed in the ICU after facing health issues. She expressed gratitude to her cohosts and fans for their messages of support amid her daughter’s recovery.

“She was in the ICU for a little more than a week and she is back home,” the news anchor told viewers upon her return to the show in March 2023. “I was waiting for that day to come, and we are watching her closely, and so happy.”

Having her little girl back home made Hoda so thankful for the nursing staff who helped take care of Hope.

“I’m over the moon that she’s home,” she said. “And I can’t believe how amazing people are. Like, that’s the thing I learned through all this; the nurses who stood by her all the way, the nurses who checked on her constantly, the doctors who came in, the people who took care of us. And I felt like we were held.”

Joel Schiffman’s Daughter Kyle Schiffman

Kyle was incredibly supportive of Hoda and Joel’s relationship from the start. In a December 2019 interview with Closer Weekly, she was elated to see her dad pop the question to Hoda because she made him so happy.

“It’s great to finally see just the two of them are so happy and they love doing the same thing,” she gushed at the time. “They just enjoy each other’s time and they’re perfect for each other and I love them both so much!”

While Kyle had a great relationship with Hoda over the years, she has remained out of the spotlight for the most part. Though Hoda’s relationship with Joel did not work out, it’s clear that their family always comes first. 



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