Hoda Kotb was overcome with emotion Friday morning.
On the “Today” show, the co-anchor interviewed New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who, along with his wife Brittany has committed $5 million to help the state of Louisiana for coronavirus relief.
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Brees’ donation to Louisiana touched Kotb personally. Early in her career, she worked for years as an anchor at WWL-TV in New Orleans.
As the interview was coming to a close, Kotb told Brees, “I actually think a lot of things are contagious, including generosity. Our hope is that because you let us know you made this big generous donation other people can look and say, ‘Hey, maybe I can help out, too.’ Drew we love you.”
“Love you too, Hoda,” Brees responded, at which point Kotb began to cry.
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Savannah Guthrie, who was co-anchoring from self-isolation at home, comforted her colleague, “Oh Hoda … I know it’s a lot. I know where your heart is, my dear.”
It has been an emotional time for both Kotb and Guthrie, who recently lost their NBC News colleague Larry Edgeworth to COVID-19.
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