TODAY Show host Savannah Guthrie has delivered a birthday tribute to Hoda Kotb after she skips show to celebrate.
The presenter turned 58 and she will reportedly be off the show for the remainder of the week.
During the live show on Tuesday, Savannah wished her co-anchor a happy birthday while photos of Hoda flashed on-screen.
“We gave her the day off! That was the present,” Savannah said.
She continued: “But I know she’s watching so, Hoda, Good Morning, we love you, and hope you are surrounded by your loved ones today and hurry back!”
Co-host Craig Melvin added: “Hope it’s a day of nothing Hoda Kotb.”
The Hoda and Jenna Instagram page announced the guest hosts for the week will include comedian and talk show host Michelle Collins and news personality and Emmy-nominated host, Justin Sylvester.
Kotb’s absence from The Today Show comes as an ongoing feud has allegedly continued behind the scenes for months.
The Sun exclusively reported in June that despite their apparent camaraderie on-screen, the pair secretly “can’t stand each other.”
Fans have been noticing a lot of tension between the co-hosts on-air in recent months.
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Staff members exclusively told The Sun they prefer Hoda, 57, over Savannah, 50, and gushed over their favorite Today news anchor.
A source told The Sun Hoda is everyone’s “absolute favorite” and said she is “so warm and friendly” to all of the staff behind cameras.
The source shared that Hoda takes the time out of her day to talk to the staff and hold small Q&A’s for the summer intern staff.
Hoda is also a “great mentor off-camera” and even knows everyone’s names on staff.
As the Today staff source gushed over Hoda, they failed to mention anything about Savannah.
TIME TO SHINE
As Hoda takes time off-air, Savannah has taken the spotlight leading the biggest news stories and interacting with fans amid their alleged ongoing feud.
According to an insider at Monday’s taping, Today staff rearranged the panel setup so that Savannah was placed front and center.
Savannah also interviewed the guest celebrity Idris Elba solo while Hoda was absent.
Guthrie said: “This seriously kind human made my day.”
She later shared a series of shots from the interview on her Instagram Stories, including a heartwarming picture of the pair hugging.
When Savannah exited the studio to film outside, she received a large roar from fans and smiled, making sure to wave to everyone and even stop to talk to a few lucky fans.
Guthrie admitted that she once got mad at Kotb after she shared a huge secret about her.
She revealed that she had sent her colleague a clip of her singing and reportedly asked not to share it with anyone.
But after Kotb told The New York Times about her secret, Guthrie said she was left “so mad”.
She told Good Housekeeping: “I said what part of ‘Don’t tell anyone’.
“I said ‘I sent this to you for your eyes only’ and then she like added ten.”
FEAR OF BEING FIRED
This past March, Hoda admitted to Good Housekeeping that she “lives in constant fear of being fired at any moment.”
She told the publication that she worried about keeping her composure following a commercial break as Savannah reportedly has her in hysterics.
“I live in fear of being fired in a moment because she’s like ‘Hoda, zip it’ and they [the producers] are like ‘Three, two one’, and she’s calm!”
The 58-year-old went on to say that she feels, Savannah is “secretly, nasty funny.”
Fans have been pretty vocal about noticing the tension between the two hosts.
One fan even took to Twitter to share: “The tension between Honda and Savannah is pretty thick.”
A second slammed the two hosts amid their feud as the fan noticed: “I used to watch NBC but just couldn’t take Hoda and Savannah at all anymore. They play for themselves and not the audience.”