cancels big day as life goes into terrible tailspin
A month ago co-anchor Hoda Kotb has called off her wedding to live-in love Joel
Schiffman as her life crumbles around her!
Earlier this year, it looked like everything was coming up roses for Hoda,” snitches a source. “Now, in six short months, it appears that both her personal life and her pro-fessional life are falling apart!” As reported in March 2017, Hoda and Joel were excit-edly shopping for a new pad and making wedding plans as he helped raise her adopted bundle of joy, daughter Haley Joy. “I didn’t think I would want to get married again — but yes!” Hoda, 54, admitted at the time. But since then, she’s gotten a serious case of cold feet.
“Hoda started having night-mares of walking down the aisle and not knowing a single person there or the groom missing at the altar,” tattles a pal. “It didn’t help when her friend Kathie Lee Gifford told her rather crassly she was `crazy’ to get married.” Adding to her anxiety are massive problems at work, sources say. First, jealousy began to rip apart Hoda’s relationship with Today colleague Kathie Lee.In May, sources said the pair had “been at each other’s throats” since Hoda climbed over her TV wing-woman and into the morning show’s anchor chair after sex monster Matt Lauer was fired in November “There’s been no end to their bickering,” dishes a witness. “Kathie Lee believes Hoda saw an opportunity for power in Matt’s former post and dumped her.
“Kathie Lee’s accusing Hoda of selling her out. She’s been around a lot longer than Hoda and taught her everything she knows, and Hoda has forsaken her.” Sources also say once Hoda was officially named as Matt’s replacement beside Savan-nah Guthrie, she had to be dragged kicking and screaming into continuing to host Today’s boozy fourth hour with Kathie Lee, 65. At that point, it appeared everything was peachy between Hoda and Joel, 60. There was even word that, with her TV gig on the line due to falling ratings, Hoda decided to focus on her personal life and marry the financial exec! “Hoda knows she’s skating on thin ice at work, so she wanted a safe and loving environment at home,” dishes a source. That meant saying “I do” to Joel — and as reported in June, the two planned to elope at an exotic resort after five years of dating! But “I do!” has suddenly turned to “I don’t,” says the insider, who notes the broad-caster may still be rattled by her failed 14-month marriage to tennis stud Burzis Kanga.
Amazingly, easy-going Joel seems fine with the change in plans, the insider says, and told his love “her happiness is what matters to him.” Certainly, she’s had a tough year at work with the scandal surrounding the Matt firing and add-on anchor Megyn Kelly causing such unrest which is “causing too much drama” for Joel on the home-front, the source says. “Now, Hoda’s dealing with falling rat-ings and the fear of being fired. “She thought an elopement or a big wedding might take her mind off things. But now, she’s more interested in saving her bacon on Today! “Hoda’s fighting for her pro-fessional life and she knows it. Marriage has suddenly taken a back seat! She says, ‘I found my happiness through one person, two names: Haley Joy,’ which isn’t a great sign for Joel!”