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Today faces another shake-up to show as Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb are absent again

The Today hosts have had frequent absences from the show in the last two weeks

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Beatriz Colon
Beatriz Colon - New York
New York WriterNew York
March 20, 2023
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Just when fans of the Today Show were getting used to seeing both Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb back on their screens after their respective absences, the latest episode brought them a case of déjà vu.

Viewers of the show woke up to see that neither of the two hosts were on air from their usual spots on the news desk on the Monday, March 20th episode.

Instead, Sheinelle Jones and Craig Melvin took over their hosting duties, and Willie Geist filled in for Hoda next to Jenna Bush Hager on 4th Hour with Hoda and Jenna.

WATCH: Hoda Kotb tears up as she reveals reason for her absence

MORE: Savannah Guthrie speaks out with honest confession about relationship with co-star away from show

Upon kicking off the daily program, Sheinelle and Craig didn't say much about the two host's whereabouts.

They revealed that Savannah is "on assignment," however when it came to the reason behind Hoda's absence, they simply said she was "off" with no further details.

MORE: Hoda Kotb reveals which A-list star supported her amid daughter's hospitalization

Fans of the show were quick to express their concern over the absence, so soon after their most recent time off, and took to social media to question where they were.

Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie on the Today Show© Photo: Getty Images

Hoda and Savannah typically kick off the morning show together every day

Their absence comes less than two weeks since Hoda first returned to the show after taking a step back for over a week to take care of her youngest daughter, Hope Catherine, who had been in the ICU.

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MORE: Hoda Kotb's second 'home' with daughters revealed amid challenging time for family

She returned to Today on March 6, and teared up as she revealed to viewers: "My youngest, Hope, was in the ICU for a few days and in the hospital for a week," adding: "I'm so grateful she's home, she is back home, I was waiting for that day to come, and we are watching her closely."

Willie Geist and Jenna Bush Hager on the Today Show© Photo: Getty Images

Willie has been a frequent replacement for Hoda

Meanwhile, her co-star Savannah was also off for health reasons, having been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the middle of the broadcast. She returned after a few days, though she was absent again on Monday, March 13 because she was in Los Angeles for the Oscars.

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