The TODAY co-anchor announced the joyous news on the show Monday that they will be tying the knot after six years together.
“I have to tell you something that a friend of mine, a friend of ours, asked me to let you guys in on a secret,” Hoda said. “I’ll give you her initials. Her initials are Hoda Kotb, and she’s engaged.”
Hoda had hidden her engagement ring and secretly slipped it on before making the announcement on-air.
“My heart has literally been pounding,” she said.
Joel proposed during dinner over the weekend while the two were on a tropical vacation.
“We ended up having a little dinner on the beach,” she added. “And he was like, ‘I have something else I would like to say,’ and he said some beautiful things, and then he got down on one knee. Then he said, ‘Would you be my wife?”’
Hoda had no idea that a proposal was coming.
“I was totally shocked,” she said. “He had a good poker face.”
Hoda gave more details about the sweet moment on TODAY with Hoda & Jenna.
“He was crying, I was crying, and I looked at him, and I thought to myself, ‘Oh my God, this is that thing,”’ she said. “And the other weird thing is like, I felt different from that moment on, which is weird because we have two kids, we’ve been together for six years, so why would I feel different? I don’t know.
“I feel like it’s grounding.”
He told her that he had the ring in his pocket for a while and had nearly popped the question when the two went bowling together recently.
“The ease with which he kind of kept the secret, but was excited inside, is the way he lives his life,” Hoda said. “So I always feel like I’m with (a) rock steady (person), and that matters.”
Joel, 61, has been with Hoda, 55, every step of the way during a jubilant period in her life in which the couple have adopted two children together, daughters Haley Joy, 2, and Hope Catherine, the latter of whom joined their growing family in April.
“How am I going to explain (to the girls) your parents are going to get married?” Hoda joked. “We’re still trying to figure out that part.”
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SOURCE: TODAY Show – Scott Stump