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Hoda Kotb Reacts to Kelly Rowland Leaving ‘Today’ Interview Over Dressing Room Drama

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Kelly Rowland arrives at the World Premiere Of Universal Pictures’ ‘Nope’ held at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on July 18, 2022 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency)

*On Tuesday’s “Today” episode, Hoda Kotb addressed reports that Kelly Rowland allegedly walked out of a scheduled interview because the dressing room was not up to her standards.   

Kotb confirmed the superstar singer bailed on her but clarified that no love is lost between her and Rowland. Rita Ora was tapped to fill in for Kelly at the last minute. 

“I just want to say this: I have great love and admiration for Kelly Rowland,” Kotba said on the show, TooFab reports. “I adore her and I want her to come back on our show and I want her to host again.”

Co-host Jenna Bush Hager said Rowland “is welcome any time!”

“Of course she is!” Kotb added. “She can share my dressing room. We’ll be in it together!”

“Anyway, I just wanted to say that we love her,” Kotb said. “We’ve loved her on this show for many, many, many years. And on another note, we want to give a shout-out to Rita Ora, who did a phenomenal job. We have great women on this show.”

A source previously told Page Six, “Kelly and her team were not happy. They did not like the dressing room, so they decided to pull her off the show, leaving [Kotb] without a guest host for the 10 a.m. hour.”

Meanwhile, MediaTakeOut reports that Rowland abruptly dropped out of her guest-hosting duties on “Today with Hoda & Jenna” Thursday because she is pregnant and became ill while in the cramped dressing room.

An insider explained to the outlet, “Kelly got sick while in the dressing room. It wasn’t about being a diva it was about her health.”

The tea spiller added, “I can’t say anything more on [her pregnancy] except that what the media is doing to Kelly is wrong.” 

READ MORE: Bethenny Frankel Slams Kelly Rowland’s ‘Diva Expectations’ After Walking Out of the ‘Today’ Show

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