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Billy Bush Meets Hoda Kotb’s Daughter


New mom Hoda Kotb took to Instagram on Thursday to share two photos of Billy Bush cuddling with her 3-month-old daughter Haley Joy.

“Haley met Billy,” the Today show star, 52, captioned the slideshow. “Sweet day xo.” 

It seems the former colleagues are on good terms after Billy’s scandal.

In October, Billy was let go from the Today show. He was fired after the leak of a 2005 tape which exposed Bush laughing along as now-President Donald Trump made lewd comments about Nancy O’Dell and Arianne Zucker while filming a segment for Access Hollywood.

Earlier this week, Bush told ABC News that the tape left him “totally and completely gutted,” and brought his 16-year-old daughter Mary to tears.

“She was really upset, and I said, ‘Mary, it’s going to be okay — you know, don’t worry,’ ” he recalled. “And she said, ‘No. Why were you laughing at the things that he was saying on that bus? Why were you playing along with it, Dad? It wasn’t funny.’ ”

He added: “I said, ‘Mary, I am sorry. And there is no good answer for that.’ ”

Haley met billy 😍👶🏼 sweet day xo

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Hoda Kotb’s Daughter Makes Television Debut


On Friday morning, Hoda Kotb‘s daughter Haley Joy made her live television debut on the Today show.

The new mom, 52, surprised fans by bringing her 12-week-old baby on the show.

“We’ve got another Mother’s Day surprise for you,” said Matt Lauer. “This is probably going to be trending in about a nanosecond — #HaleyJoy!”

The proud mama held her daughter and said, “Hi little girl!” as Lauer, Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie and Carson Daly all gushed over the tot.

“So this is the love of our lives,” said Guthrie. “Look at how strong [she is]! She’s holding her head up.”

Lauer added: “Have you ever seen cheeks like that?”

The proud mama said, “Okay, can I just say something? I’m holding my baby on Mother’s Day weekend. I’m so happy.”

Guthrie added: “Haley, do you know you have the best Momma in the world?”

Kotb surprised fans when she announced on Feb. 21 that she had adopted Haley, who was born on Feb. 14.

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Hoda Kotb’s Adoption Joy: ‘I’ve Always Wanted To Be A Mom’


New mom Hoda Kotb covers the latest issue of PEOPLE and opens up about adopting her newborn daughter Haley Joy.

On her adoption joy: “We just stayed in the apartment and ate and slept and burped and took naps, and that’s it. That’s all. But it’s fun! It’s one of those things where you think you’ve done it all, you think you’ve felt it all. But I just didn’t know that this kind of love existed.”

On her previous battle with breast cancer that left her unable to conceive: “One of the things in my life I’ve always wanted was to be a mom. Sometimes in your life, things just don’t work out for whatever reason, so you say, ‘Well, I wasn’t meant to have that.’ But it was really hard to come to terms with it.”

On privately always wanting kids: “There was a hole. People would say, ‘Oh, do you have kids?’ And I’d feel like, ‘Ouch.’ I knew inside it was supposed to be for me. One of the reasons was because I couldn’t have children. Finally I said to myself one day, ‘Why can’t I? Why not me?’ I had this ache in me that I couldn’t push away anymore.”

On first discussing adopting with her boyfriend of three years Joel Schiffman: “I was afraid to even say it out loud, because then it felt so real. I said, ‘Think about it for a day or a week or whatever.’ And he said, ‘I don’t need a day. Let’s get this journey going.’ At that point I blubbered like a baby. It was like the dam burst.”

On adopting Haley as a single mom: “Haley will call him Dad… I wake up sometimes and go, ‘Oh my God, I have a baby!’ But it feels totally real. I guess if you’ve been waiting this long for something, and you wish for it, pray for it, hope for it, wonder if it will ever be, and then it happens, nothing’s more real. Nothing.”

For more from Hoda, go to PEOPLE

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Hoda Kotb Adopts First Child: Haley Joy


Congratulations are in order for Hoda Kotb.

The Today anchor, 52, revealed on Tuesday that she adopted daughter Haley Joy — born on Feb. 14.

“She’s a Valentine’s baby,” Kotb gushed on Today. “She’s is the love of my life.”

And Kotb’s mother said, “we’ve been waiting a long time for you.”

Kotb’s Today cohosts were all tears while congratulating the new mom.

“This little girl Haley is the luckiest girl,” said Matt Lauer. “You’re going to be one of the most fantastic moms I can ever imagine. ”

Kathie Lee Gifford said, “We are thrilled for you. You were made to be a mom.”

Joked Carson Daly, “You’re going to be an incredible mother. You thought you drank a lot of wine before? Just wait.”

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