'Today' Show Star Hoda Kotb Revealed So Much to Wendy Williams About Her Boyfriend Joel

The Today co-host is so head-over-heels.

  • Today show co-host Hoda Kotb went on The Wendy Williams Show and gushed about her boyfriend, Joel Schiffman.
  • Hoda shared the story of how she told Joel that she wanted to look into adoption.
  • Now, Hoda and Joel are parents to 2-year-old Haley Joy, who was adopted back in February 2017.

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    Even though Today show star Hoda Kotb and financier Joel Schiffman have been reportedly dating since 2013, Hoda has been relatively hush-hush about their relationship over the years. But on Tuesday's episode of The Wendy Williams Show, Hoda decided to really open up.

    While appearing on the program to promote her new children's book, You Are My Happy, Wendy took the opportunity to press the anchor about her boyfriend of six years. Not surprisingly, Hoda had nothing but wonderful things to say about him.

    "Well, he is, the finest man I've ever met," Hoda gushed to the talk show host. "He's just everything."

    And when Wendy asked if Joel had kids and had been married already, Hoda nodded and smiled, adding that besides his grown daughter, Kyle Schiffman, the two are now raising 2-year-old Haley Joy together. Haley was adopted back in February 2017 after Hoda was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, and her treatment left her unable to conceive.

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    "I always wanted to have a child, and I wondered if Joel did, too," Hoda spilled. She said that she was "scared" to tell him at first, because they were about to move in together. Eventually, she decided that they couldn't move in together until she told him that she wanted to explore adoption.

    "I went to Joel and I said to him, 'I need to discuss something with you and it's really important,' and I said, 'And I want you to not answer me now. I want you to marinate, I want you to take a week ... take as long as you need.'"

    She then proceeded to tell Joel that she wanted to look into adopting a child together. And his response was everything.

    "He said, 'I don't need a minute,'" Hoda recalled. The Today star then revealed that she instantly broke down in tears crying on his chest. Fast forward to today, Joel is Haley's official father on the adoption papers, and the two are reportedly looking into giving Haley a sibling at some point.

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    Of course, this incredibly sweet story prompted Wendy to ask the next big question: Are the two getting hitched anytime soon? While Hoda didn't give a straight answer, she did add that he was "an awesome dad."

    When previously asked by Bravo late-night host Andy Cohen if the pair had plans of getting married, Hoda made it clear that, whether they do or don't, Joel will always be by her side no matter what.

    "I’m going to be with Joel until my last breath — I know that."

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