“I do have something to tell you, but you know what, how about this, instead of telling you, I’m going to show you something,” Kotb, 53, teased her co-anchors before sharing a picture of herself cradling her newborn baby girl.
“That little girl, Haley Joy -- I’m crying -- is my daughter,” an audibly emotional Kotb said. “I adopted her, and you can hear her, that’s her crying. She’s a Valentine’s baby. She’s a little nugget. She is the love of my life.”
Kotb’s longtime pal and co-anchor, Kathie Lee Gifford, declared, “Do you know how hard it has been to keep this secret? I’ve got the biggest mouth!”
Gifford also quickly took to Twitter to share her congratulations.
“So thrilled for @hodakotb and her precious daughter, Haley Joy!! She will be the best mommy ever! We love you, Hoda, enjoy every moment!” she wrote.