Hoda Kotb

by Lil Vacha on April 21, 2010

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Place of Birth: Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 9, 1964

Ethnicity: Egyptian

Hoda Kotb is an American broadcast journalist, television personality, and author. She has co-hosted The Today Show since 2018.

Her parents were born in Egypt. Her name, Hoda, is Arabic, and means guidance, while her surname is a common Egyptian surname meaning pole, as in North or South Pole. She was raised in Egypt, Nigeria, West Virginia, Virginia, and Louisiana.

Hoda has a daughter, who is adopted.

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neiltennant May 11, 2018 at 8:11 am

she was born into a Muslim family

but she does not practices religion
her husband is Orthodox

neiltennant July 20, 2018 at 3:49 am

her boyfriend is Jewish JOEL SCHIFFMAN

pookerella February 27, 2018 at 10:16 am

People are so freaking racist on this site! So much ignorance.

I bet if some of you “I like whites only” people did a DNA test, you’d find out you had both Black and Ashkenazi in your ancestry. And Native American, but you like that, you think that’s cool, even though their heritage is the same as the people you put down and call “c–nky.” YOUR term, not mine. Yes, people, if your part Native American, you’re a different race. Imagine! The horror!

pookerella February 27, 2018 at 10:18 am

Sorry YOU’RE

neiltennant May 11, 2018 at 8:08 am

KOT means S–T in german

lelo4 August 16, 2016 at 12:05 pm

She’s darker than the average Egyptian. Anyway it’s a known fact Egyptian and other North Africans got blacker due to slave trade.

fuzzybear44 August 17, 2016 at 12:22 am

No they got lighter thanks to outside people coming in. Black people were always up there

andrew August 17, 2016 at 3:44 am

I think she’s normal. Lelo4 likes to whitewash MENA people. She also enjoys sunbathing

neiltennant July 27, 2017 at 1:15 pm

really i did not see at first glance that she is not white or not european

she could easily pass for italian american or eben irish american

andrew December 12, 2017 at 5:27 pm

you have to check better because she has Arab, non-European features. Not white.


Kimmel August 16, 2016 at 7:15 am

She’s stunning.

neiltennant May 11, 2018 at 8:09 am

she looks like she would have bad breath
geek stink breath (green day)

neiltennant May 26, 2016 at 12:17 pm

THIS FIRST PIC where she laughs is funny and good. She looks good on that pic

on this pic you cannot see her eyes and she looks white. More like Ashkenazi Jewish woman….

bakchoyhurl February 5, 2016 at 8:27 pm

Those teeth…

neiltennant May 26, 2016 at 12:16 pm

she has actually good teeth with healthy gums.

i know a lot about teeth . I floss after every meal :-))

Mr. Postman November 19, 2015 at 10:49 pm

When she was on “Dateline NBC”, they always sent her to cover stories involving black people. I guess they figured “Close enough”.

Devotion October 26, 2015 at 5:43 pm

She looks white to me. She just bronzed herself to death.

Duke February 14, 2016 at 2:02 pm

She doesn’t look “white” and looks more South Asian than anything although she could probably pass as Ethiopian.

midori29 August 16, 2016 at 11:26 am

She does not Not look South Asian or White she looks black to me and looks like a lot of African American women.

Man in NY November 25, 2016 at 9:24 am

I don’t think she “looks South Asian” either. If I was not aware of her Egyptian ancestry, I would have thought she was of African American and other mixed ancestry.

memphis December 12, 2016 at 8:31 am

Have you seen South Asians? A lot are dark brown or black in skin tone mainly due to their location near the equator. Hoda is technically “African American” since Egypt is in Africa. Her father looked more like a modern day Nubian, who have more Eurasian features due to the history of Egypt’s admixture. Her mother looked more “black”, for lack of a better word, when she was younger but now looks more West Asian but I do believe her genetics are of Africa.

neiltennant July 27, 2017 at 1:17 pm

please come on

she does look italian american or even Irish american

im the last one who would say about ethnic or exotic people that they look white but here im sure she does look white

neiltennant December 12, 2017 at 5:59 am

she does look white thats true

Malefactor September 21, 2015 at 6:03 pm

Looks Indian.

neiltennant July 13, 2015 at 11:06 am

she could be also a mixed african american

and technically most arabs are mixed africans with europide

i looked at her pics and she looks like whitney houston

Bow Down Bitches July 26, 2015 at 8:41 pm

i saw her picture on the side and thought she was biracial

neiltennant May 11, 2018 at 11:41 pm

your v—-a is also biracial :-))

phaedra May 11, 2016 at 8:51 pm

Only Egyptians and some Gulf Arabs look “mixed African”.

Most Arabs (namely those from the Levant and Mesopotamia) look classically Mediterranean, if a bit darker.

neiltennant July 27, 2017 at 1:17 pm

on some pics she looks african american but on others like an european women from next door

nothing special

Selewele January 15, 2014 at 7:36 am

Ahem. I simply want to point out the Egypt IS in Africa. People seem not to be aware of this fact. Egyptians are Africans.

Jordan April 20, 2015 at 8:03 am

Well yeah but they don’t have anything in common with black africans, unless they are partially of black descent.

LuKeBishop May 19, 2015 at 6:23 pm

Sub-Saharan Africans who are racially black and Egyptians who are racially Middle Eastern/Eurasian/North African, are both geographically African. However, they’re racial, genetic, and ethnic makeups are usually different.

LuKeBishop May 19, 2015 at 6:24 pm
memphis October 11, 2016 at 3:42 pm

People simply forget that Africa is a continent with a wide variety of ethnic groups some that have always been there and some that left for generations and came back. Egypt has ethnic diversity in groups like Siwa Berbers, Copts, Dom (Persians), Beja, Saudis, Yemeni, and Nubians. Some Egyptians look fair skinned with thick hair and others are very dark. Hoda to me looks like a modern day Nubian, who are dark skinned but have more Eurasian ancestry as well as indigenous Africans. Berbers are indigenous Africans of the North but are genetic siblings of Sub Saharans (y dnaE1b1b and E1B1a), who moved south due to climate changes. Africans vary in phenotypes and genetics.

Girll June 6, 2015 at 12:47 pm

North Africans(Berbers) are not genetically Sub-Saharan African. And most Egyptians are a mix of Berber and Arab. She probably has Sub-Saharan African ancestry mixed in with Arab.
Her mother looks just Caucasian though :P so the possible black ancestry must be from her paternal side.

Jordan March 30, 2016 at 11:30 am

Actually all North Africans (Egyptians included) have black african ancestry to varying degrees. The average is around 20%. Forgive me previous statement.

Man in NY November 25, 2016 at 9:34 am

“She probably has Sub-Saharan African ancestry mixed in with Arab. Her mother looks just Caucasian though so the possible black ancestry must be from her paternal side.”

Good observation. I think Hoda appears to have visible SSA, but not her mother.

memphis December 12, 2016 at 8:38 am

North African DNA is genetically tied to the continent. Amazigh Berbers, Egyptians, Somalis, Nubians, Beja, some Massai and Horn Africans are genetically related. Contributions from Phoenicians, Turks, Arabs, Vandals, Iberians have an affect on the North African phenotype.

lelo4 August 16, 2016 at 12:02 pm

So? The term Africa was invented by the Romans to refer to North Africa only.

neiltennant December 12, 2017 at 6:00 am

haha what a bullshit

north africans are also africans

Affellay June 3, 2013 at 10:46 pm

looks a bit African American. It seems 2 me like vast majority of the Egyptians tend 2 have African ancestors, right?

fuzzybear44 June 4, 2013 at 3:54 am


You’re going to start something here

anacreon July 1, 2012 at 5:40 am

Hoda should be deported and forced to live with George Stephanopolous!

S. March 17, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Here is a link to a photo of Hoda and her mother Sameha. Sameha most certainly does not look black. The blood must come from her father’s side. Unfortunately I can’t find photos of Hoda with him.


neiltennant July 27, 2017 at 1:19 pm

on that pic she looks like a lighter version of michelle obama

hell her mother is as pale as i am she looks european

Jamie weaver November 28, 2011 at 11:21 pm

In my anthropology class and also again from a funeral directors convention we learned that their red hair was often in most cases hair dye.

mixedgirl September 30, 2011 at 11:29 am

Black Americans should not be called African Americans anyway because a lot of black Americans are mixed with other races. African Americans as well as the ones in Africa don’t like that American blacks call themselves African americans. As to “red” hair..you get it when mixed with other races mostly European (Irish). I for one am a natural redhead, but consider myself of no particular race because my mom is Irish/Shawnee and my dad is Black and Cherokee…so what am I? Some of us mixed race people look black and some look white, or hispanic or Italian. I am sure that Hoda is black with another race mixture because she is NOT a natural redhead. She is light complexion, but not as much as someone like Alicia Keyes for instance. By American standards she would be considered black…even though there needs to be another “race” category added to america..”Mixed Race”.

ConfusedBreed February 13, 2013 at 9:32 am

All African Americans aren’t mixed. I explained this on Lauren Velez ethniceleb. Go read that shit you little cunt

gottlob February 13, 2013 at 10:13 am

I’m going to nickname you “angry black guy #2”. now go tell that to “angry black guy #1” the main black guy on this board aka expert on everything black. he disagrees with you btw… I too believe all Afro Americans are mixed. America the melting pot is what they say…

fuzzybear44 February 13, 2013 at 4:21 pm


HAHAHA man you have a love jones. Here it is two days later,and I’m still on your mind(I see my name everywhere in your posts),while I haven’t given you a second thought.I notice you keep referring to me as the angry black guy .Well lets take a look back at that night.I see I gave use no profanity or racial slurs,nor did I insult white people in general.Modern historians yes,but not all white people.Also I continue to tried to keep the debate civil and on the subject.Now lets take a look at you.
First you threw a tantrum stating:

(This site should be changed to ETHNIC BlACK CELEBS (all that is talked about around here anyway….). is ethnic black? it would not surprise me.

That was you!

When you simply could have sidetrack to a white celeb,or if you felt there weren’t enough white ones,go to the suggest a celeb part,and add more white celebs,but you didn’t do that. Follers adds Jewish celebs all the time.

Your next tantrum was that ,anyone that disagreed with you was a angry black person.Which is why you kept accusing Follers of being black,when she repeatedly stated she was white.However in you mind she had to be black.

Then racial insults.
1. I too want to see NAPPY headed Hebrews
2. maybe you did deserve to be slaves

Again that was you

Btw whites were enslaved at the same time,however here they were called indentured servants,while everywhere else,they were called slaves.Even some black people owned white slaves

Now I wanted to keep the debate civil,but you wanted to drag it down to something else,which is when I called it a night .Yet if calling me angry makes you feel better,go right ahead.

BTW I have never stated all African Americans were mixed,I said the average one.Now I based that on what DNA experts have stated,I just happen to agree with it.Also most of the things I stated on here,comes from people who are said to be experts in their fields.So like I said,if you don’t like it,take it up with them.

One other thing,I have a correction.I kept referring to all those people as ancient historians,when some were actually (writers and poets,philosophers etc)who lived and study in egypt at the time

Now if you reply,I may not reply back right away ,busy.

midori29 August 16, 2016 at 11:27 am

Most African Americans ARE mixed just google all the dna tests on you tube you will see. Most black Carribeans and African Americans are mixed with something.

fuzzybear44 August 17, 2016 at 12:29 am

True that. It’s scary how much mixing that has been going on

midori29 August 16, 2016 at 11:28 am

I had red hair when I was younger and my hair is still red with light brown streaks I just dye it black and I am a black person.

alexis vang July 10, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Ancient Egyptians were black. This has been denied and the various pharaoahs whitened up for years. Particularly, this can be found in hollywood films. As time went on in Egypt other races settled and intermixed as there was no racism in the ancient world.

Rabco March 20, 2011 at 9:29 pm

She may have some egyptian in her ancestry but to me she looks a combination of white, american indian, black. I think she claims egyptian but I don’t see how she was born in Oklahoma, a big American Indian state, and be only from egypt.

Menphis August 13, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Hoda Kotb’s parents are native of Egypt but also lived in Nigeria for a time before settling in the U.S. She is more than like a mix of the localized pop. of Egypt (Amazigh, Arab, Turk, and Sub Saharan) as well as European.

Mike March 5, 2011 at 11:03 am

None of you know what you are talking about.

Fuzzybear March 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm

To mike:well if I have said something wrong,I welcome you at anytime to show me.Don’t just say something like that,and just walk off.If you know more than I do,show me

inquisitive February 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Touche fuzzybear – you’re a wealth of information and interesting to boot…thanks!

Leslie October 12, 2010 at 11:09 am

Egyptian is not a race or ethnic… Egypt is in Africa. The original Egyptians were black – black Africa. Today’s Egyptians are mixed people of Black, Arab, etc.

Calli January 27, 2011 at 12:41 pm

ummm…..Original Egyptians black? Are you sure about that? Egyptians were all sorts of colors..dating back to the time of the pharaohs. Check out the red hair on the Mummified remains of Ra-messes the Second. Black is also not an ethnic group, as Africa is a LARGE continent and made up of Many, Many different ethnic groups. Ethnicity is not only based on the tone of our skin.

fuzzybear January 28, 2011 at 4:50 am

To Calli

ummm….yes I’m sure about it.If you look again,Leslie said the original Egyptians.Ra-messes is from the 19th Dynasty.I mean if your going to pick through Dynasties,I can do that:example
Kind Huni 3rd dynasty:

Amenhotep 111:

They’re all before Ramesses

However lets take that red hair.Your under the idea that black people don’t have red hair naturally.It nothing but a recessive gene,a mutation(white and black)both get.However when Africans get it,it’s called Rufous Albinism:

little nubian girl:

Now I’m not saying this is what Old ram’s had,but it could have been.Also like you said by the time Ram’s was born,Egypt was a highway.It had been taken over many times,different groups leaving their DNA.Then again he could have had Asian ancestors like(Melanesia people).We know aboriginals have red and blond hair are they white, no.AA and black people of the Caribbean have red and blond hair.Now true they most likely get it from Irish blood,but both Irish and Scott got it from a mutation.Which is basically what humans are,Mutated genes.So to cut this short,just because Ram’s had red hair,doesn’t mean he was white

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