Jenna Bush Hager Plays Matchmaker for Hoda Kotb: See Her Tips

Jenna Bush Hager, the co-host of NBC’s Today show, has turned into a matchmaker for her friend and colleague, Hoda Kotb. During the show’s episode on Friday, March 22, Bush Hager revealed that she has been actively seeking a potential partner for Kotb.

Bush Hager, 42, shared her methodology for setting up friends, stating that the key to a successful match is looking outside one’s familiar circles. She urged her audience to step out of their comfort zone and approach new people in different environments, referencing her prior success in setting up the executive vice president of Today and NBC News, Libby Leist, with her now-husband, Sayan Ray.

Jenna explained her frustrations with her previous attempts to help Kotb find a partner in Manhattan. Bush Hager shared that many people believed there was “nobody in New York to set her up with”, a statement she disagreed with. The co-host reassured viewers that she had indeed found a potential match for Kotb.

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The identity of the man has not been disclosed, though Kotb expressed her gratitude to her co-host for her matchmaking efforts. The Today presenter praised Bush Hager’s matchmaking skills and hinted at her satisfaction with the chosen individual.

Hoda Kotb Returns to Dating Scene

Kotb, 57, recently opened up about her love life on another television appearance – The Kelly Clarkson Show. During her interview, she revealed that she had been on a date, the first in over two years. Kotb clarified, however, that it was “nothing but a date”, implying no immediate plans for a relationship.

This revelation comes in the wake of Kotb’s separation from her fiancé, Joel Schiffman. The couple, who had dated for eight years and share two daughters, broke off their engagement in January 2022.

Kotb disclosed this during an episode of Today with Hoda & Jenna, stating, “Joel and I have had a lot of prayerful and really meaningful conversations…we decided that we’re better as friends and parents than we are as an engaged couple.”

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Wrapping Up

As Kotb steps back into the dating world, her co-host and friend Jenna Bush Hager plays an instrumental role in her quest for love. With Bush Hager’s seemingly successful matchmaking strategy, viewers are eager to witness her efforts bear fruit. Meanwhile, we wait to see if Kotb reveals more about her rekindled dating life.

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