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Hoda Kotb shares candid backstage video on first day back on Today

The NBC star tested positive for Covid last week

Hoda Kotb's start to the year didn't get off to the best of starts after the mom-of-two tested positive for Covid.

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However, the Today star delighted viewers on Monday after making a surprising speedy return to work, having tested negative for the virus.

The TV star took to Instagram ahead of the show to share a backstage video of herself in her dressing room deciding what to wear.

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She told her fans: "Two negative tests. Back in the saddle! Going to fix the 'do and find something to wear, maybe that thing," she said as she pointed at a dress in the corner.

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"See you on TV," she concluded as she ended the footage. Fans were more than happy to hear that Hoda was returning to work, with many taking to the comments section.

"So happy to hear! Stay safe, healthy and strong, we adore you Hoda!" while another wrote: "Welcome back Hoda, we missed you!" A third added: "Great news, have a wonderful first day back!"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Hoda Kotb delighted fans after revealing she was back at work

While it was great news that Hoda was back on Today, Monday didn't start so well for her co-star Savannah Guthrie.

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Savannah announced on the show that she had tested positive for Covid and as a result was working from home for a few days.

Luckily, the mom-of-two assured viewers that she wasn't feeling too bad, and just had "a few sniffles". Hoda opened up about her Covid diagnosis on Thursday in a Twitter message where she reassured her fans that she was doing okay.

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Hoda returned to Today after recovering from Covid as Savannah Guthrie tested positive

"Thx for well wishes. Feeling good… [red heart emoji] can't wait to see you all when I am in the clear! Xo," she wrote.

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The journalist's Covid recovery follows just after the holidays, where she enjoyed some quality time with her family.

Hoda is engaged to fiancé Joel Schiffman and the pair share two young daughters, Haley and Hope, and it looked like they had the best time over Christmas.

The doting mom shared a number of pictures of herself with her loved ones on Christmas Day, showing them all dressed up in matching Santa hats and festive pyjamas.

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Hoda with fiancé Joel Schiffman

It's set to be an exciting year for Hoda, who is assumed to tie the knot with Joel at some point soon, following several delays due to the pandemic.

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The couple are waiting for the right time to finally say 'I do' after their original plans of a destination wedding were put on hold due to the restrictions on travelling.

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