New Orleans is currently experiencing the highest growth in coronavirus cases seen anywhere in the world; as of Thursday afternoon, 997 infections had been reported, including 46 deaths.
The number of cases jumped by 510 in a single day on Thursday, up 28% from the night before, according to the Louisiana Department of Health.
Hoda Kotb was recently interviewing Drew Brees on a live Today show broadcast. Drew, the quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, donated $5 million to victims of the coronavirus in Louisiana.
The seasoned anchor has a deep-rooted connection to the city of New Orleans and was so touched by the NFL star’s selfless act.
Back in the ’90s, Hoda spent years living and working for a CBS affiliate in New Orleans.
After thanking Drew for his kindness, the Today anchor and mother of two was so overcome with emotion that she broke down in tears just seconds after the interview ended.
She then apologized to the camera and viewers at home; she simply couldn’t get the words out or finish her broadcast.
While Hoda repeatedly apologized, co-anchor Savannah Guthrie took over the segment from her home studio. “Hoda, I’m so sorry, hun,” she said. “I know where your heart is, I do.”
See the emotional live TV moment in the clip below. Just goes to show, we’re all going through it.