"I've had the best five months I ever could've imagined in my life," an emotional Kotb said on-air to her co-anchor, Savannah Guthrie, as well as Today hosts Carson Daly and Al Roker. "I didn’t know what I was missing. And I was also excited to come back, and I thought to myself, when I watch Haley now and I watch Hope, I think, 'I'm 55 and I get to be with them.' And I know it was a lot of time to take off and I felt a little bad about it, but in reality, life is a blink, and you get this moment, and I decided that I was going to take it."
Kotb's co-workers were definitely excited for her return, nobody more so than Guthrie. Guthrie shared a few snaps on Instagram of herself and Kotb, gushing, "She's here!!!!!!! ❤️🌈☀️."