People are showering Hoda Kotb with love and support after she broke down in tears during the Today show
Reading the news these days can be pretty stressful. It seems like every headline is dominated by the coronavirus, and for good reason — it’s still spreading, tens of thousands of new people are becoming sick every day, and thousands have died all over the world and now, in the U.S. We’re all just doing our best to deal with the anxiety and uncertainty of these times, and it’s really freaking hard for everyone, even Hoda Kotb, who broke down in tears during a Today show segment, prompting viewers to shower her with love and support.
Hoda was interviewing New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who just committed to donating $5 million to Louisiana’s coronavirus response.
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Brittany and I are committing $5,000,000 to the State of Louisiana in 2020. The priority now is helping our communities get through this tough time. After considerable research and conversations with local organizations, we will be mobilizing our partnerships with Second Harvest Food Bank, Ochsner Health Systems, Walk-Ons, Jimmy Johns, Smalls Sliders and Waitr to prepare and deliver over 10,000 meals per day throughout Louisiana for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need. Let’s all do our part, maintain hope, and get through this together.
At the end of the interview, though, Hoda was unable to finish the segment because she broke down and began sobbing onscreen.
We love you, Hoda. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/rocZr8J4EE
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 27, 2020
Co-anchor Savannah Guthrie came to the rescue, saying, “Take a moment. It’s a lot. We know it’s a lot.” Hoda wasn’t able to stop crying before the camera cut away, and for so many Today show viewers who saw her break down, it was one of the most relatable things ever to happen on the show.
Moments like this help us all recognize the weight of this crisis. We are in this together. We all carry a bit of the weight. Thank you Hoda for showing us how.— timage (@timage) March 27, 2020
Hoda’s breakdown served as a kind of reminder that no one is immune from the stress and fear of these times.
We are in the midst of a world crisis and it's stressful and hard. I'm happy to see some honest, caring, and real emotion from the wonderful Hoda.— Hilary Banks, Jr. (@hilarybanksjr) March 27, 2020
And people were quick to shower her with love for showing her real and vulnerable reaction to the crisis.
Thanks for showing your humanity love and hope. Love you Hoda!— Marla Sessoms (@marlajsessoms) March 27, 2020
I get it. I really do. I think a lot of people don't understand how often on-air journalists try to find a corner to cry in. When your camera is hot, there is no corner. Thank GOD for co-anchors. @HeyElliot.— Kim Kelly Hudson (@kimhudsontv) March 27, 2020
The truth is that navigating a global crisis of this scale is new territory for us all, and we all have to just try our best to cope in whatever ways we can. If that means needing to cry a little bit now and then, even on camera, we can all be proud to be just as strong as Hoda.