Hoda Kotb is joined by her daughters Hope and Haley for a surprise Walker Hayes birthday concert

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Hoda Kotb was able to enjoy a special birthday surprise with her daughters by her side.

The Today the co-host, 57, was treated to a surprise by the co-host Jenna Bush Hager and their team during Friday’s episode of the show before her birthday on Tuesday.

First, Bush Hager gave Kotb a boogie board, “because I want you to keep riding this wave!” Next, a birthday cake was brought by a special guest, the Kotb family’s favorite country artist. Walker Hayes. After singing happy birthday, Kotb addressed the country singer with tears in his eyes.

“First of all, I adore you. And now my daughters, Haley and Hope, have started calling each other ‘Walker Hayes.’ I tried to FaceTime you once when you claimed you were at the pool because my girls were like, ‘I’m Walker Hayes’, ‘No, I’m Walker Hayes’,” Kotb said with a laugh.

“They used to fight over who was going to be Hoda or Jenna, but not anymore. Now they both claimed you. I’m so glad you’re here. You brighten anyone’s day. who.”

Later, Haley and Hope joined their mom as she introduced Walker’s performance and watched him perform their favorite song “Fancy Like.”

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Last month, Kotb shared a sweet story about giving back around his eldest daughter,

Kotb explained that Haley has a chore board where she gets a quarter for every chore she does, like making her bed.

Once Haley saved some money, Kotb asked her what she wanted to do with it. After briefly considering a dollhouse, Kindergarten had an idea she liked best.

“I want to buy an ice cream cone for Mo,” Haley told Kotb, referring to a man who runs a restaurant in their neighborhood.

After calling him and asking him for his favorite flavor, the girls met Mo at the ice cream shop, where Haley offered her a cone.

“She took her money out of her Ziploc and she had the biggest hug,” the proud mom shared. “Afterwards, we sat down – Hope, Haley, me and Mo and he said, ‘Do you know why this cone is very special today? And Haley said, ‘Why?’ And he said, ‘Because it’s my birthday.’ “

Kotb explained how the good deed made him think about the importance of being kind. “I was just thinking, like when you do something nice, the universe cooperates,” she said.

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Kotb shares Hope and Haley with her ex-fiancé Joel Schiffman. The couple started dating quietly for a few years before made public in 2015. The couple announced their engagement in November 2019 but ultimately announced their separation in January 2022.

Kotb was candid about the “frightening” reality of being an older mother in May during an episode of Today with Hoda & Jennaexplaining that she often thinks about the “time you have”.

“As an older mom, I think there are a lot of beautiful parts and challenges as well. I see all the good things about being an older mom,” she said. “Like, I’m in my own skin, I know who I am, I have a lot more patience and love and all that. But with that also comes the fact that you’re an older mother.”

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