On February 28, Savannah Guthrie began her morning behind the Today anchor desk like any other day but without her co-host Hoda Kotb by her side.
While it’s unclear why Kotb has been absent from the show, just before the 8 a.m. hour, Guthrie was also noticeably missing from the anchor desk as well, despite starting off the show an hour earlier.
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Filling in for her colleagues, Sheinelle Jones revealed that Guthrie had to abruptly leave the anchor desk after testing positive for COVID-19 mid-show. “By the way, it has been an interesting morning for us,” Jones explained. “As we said, Savannah left early, she wasn’t feeling great, so she took a Covid test. It came back positive.”
“So, as soon as we found out, she rushed home to rest up. So Savannah, we love you, wishing you a speedy recovery.”
Currently, Savannah is on an “Instagram fast” in observance of Lent. While she does have assistants who help run her social media account, Guthrie has not yet shared an update on her accounts. This is Guthrie’s third time testing positive for COVID.
While Guthrie has been absent from social media, Kotb has been updating her feed. On February 27, she posted a graphic that read, “Choose Hope.”
Several comments on that post suggested that they were praying for Kotb and hoping everything was okay. Kotb is no stranger to posting images like the one above to her social media accounts. However, she’s been doing so more often recently.
The Today Show crew has had their fair share of illnesses over the recent months. As Mamas Uncut previously, their colleague Al Roker struggled with a lengthy illness at the end of last year.
According to a statement he released on his personal Instagram page, Roker revealed he had a recent health scare that landed him in the hospital. Alongside a picture of a bouquet of flowers, Roker shared a few more details.
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“So many of you have been thoughtfully asking where I’ve been,” Roker began. “Last week, I was admitted to the hospital with a blood clot in my leg which sent some clots into my lungs.”
“After some medical whack-a-mole, I am so fortunate to be getting terrific medical care and on the way to recovery. Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers, and hope to see you soon. Have a great weekend, everyone.”
Thankfully Roker’s health has improved, and he is back on the show. Mamas Uncut will update this article as new information regarding Guthrie and Kotb’s absences becomes available.
Sara Vallone has been a writer and editor for the last four and a half years. A graduate of Ohio University, she enjoys celebrity news, sports, and articles that enhance people’s lives.
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