It's not often that you see such a seasoned reporter lose their composure, but a heartwarming story hit too close to home for Hoda Kotb. The Today show correspondent was recently overcome with emotion while speaking with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees about the $5 million donation he made to help various local charities during the coronavirus pandemic.
Hoda lived in New Orleans for many years at the start of her broadcast career, and she was an anchor for the local CBS affiliate WWL-TV from 1992 to 1998. It's worth noting that she is also a big Saints fan, which is well-documented on her Instagram. New Orleans, unfortunately, saw a spike in coronavirus cases nearly a month after Mardi Gras, when many tourists flocked to the exuberant city.
"I also think a lot of things are contagious, including generosity."
"I also think a lot of things are contagious, including generosity," Hoda told Drew. "So, our hope is that because you let us know you've made this big, generous donation, I think other people will look and say, 'Hey, maybe I can help out too.'" After ending the interview, Hoda needed to collect herself and was ultimately unable to continue on with the segment. "Aw, Hoda, I know it's a lot. Hoda, I'm so sorry, hun. Take a moment," cohost Savannah Guthrie told her. "It's a lot. I know where your heart is, my dear, I do." Watch the moving interview moment above.