There was a lot of baby talk on Friday’s Today show.
Hoda Kotb surprised viewers of the morning show when she brought her daughter, Hailey Joy, on set for her television debut. The adorable newborn — who was a natural on camera — melted the hearts of Kotb’s co-hosts and was showered with kisses and compliments from Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Carson Daly.
“So, this is the love of our lives,” Guthrie gushed.
“Hi little girl!” Kotb gushed as she brought Hailey to the anchor table. “I just want to say that this is our baby.”
Getting emotional, Kotb exclaimed, “OK, can I just say something? I’m holding my baby on Mother’s Day weekend. …I’m so happy.”
Excited for Hailey to hang with her co-workers, Kotb played an adorable game of “Pass the Hailey” so everyone could hold and greet her daughter.
The 52-year-old TV personality returned to Today last month after a two-month maternity leave upon adopting her daughter in February. “I think that by a certain stage in your life you think you have had every experience you are going to have — but then she shows up,” a tearful Kotb shared on her first day back. “This is beyond a dream, like, you have your dreams, and then this.”
Check out more of her emotional return to Today: