Why Hoda Kotb called off her engagement to Joel Schiffman

It’s traditional to get engaged during the holidays, but Hoda Kotb did the opposite, we’re told.

The beloved “Today” co-host announced on air Monday that she has ended her eight-year romance with fiancé Joel Schiffman.

But Page Six learns she actually broke up with the 63-year-old financier around Christmas and only decided to make the announcement now because viewers started commenting on her missing engagement ring on the networks. social.

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Hoda Kotb decided to end her engagement to Joel Schiffman because she knew a marriage wouldn’t work, insiders tell Page Six.
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Sources close to Kotb, 57, tell us she broke up after realizing during the engagement that the marriage wouldn’t work out.

The couple – who share daughters Haley, 4, and Hope, 2 – had been together for eight years, but only got engaged in 2019.

“Joel and I had a lot of prayerful and meaningful conversations over the holidays,” she said on Monday’s “Today” show, “and we decided we were better off as friends and parents than we were.” ‘as an engaged couple, so we’ve decided that we’re going to start this new year… on our new path as loving parents to our sweet and lovely children, and as friends.

“It’s not like anything happened. They say sometimes relationships are meant to be there for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. And I feel like ours was supposed to be there for a season,” she later said.

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Kotb and Schiffman started dating in 2013 and got engaged in 2019.
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They plan to continue co-parenting.

Former Kotb “Today” co-host Kathie Lee Gifford penned a message of support following the public announcement of the split.

“Darling Hoda, I’m really so proud of how you handled a very difficult and painful decision,” Gifford – who left the talk show in 2019 – wrote on Instagram Monday. “As usual, you did it with grace and kindness. God bless you and your precious daughters and Joel, as you go on in this thing called life. I love you.”

Kotb was previously married to tennis coach Burzis Kanga from 2005 to 2008.

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