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WATCH: Hoda Kotb Breaks Down In Tears While Talking To NFLer Drew Brees About His $5 Million Donation To Louisiana

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Hoda Kotb couldn’t hold back her emotions after wrapping up an interview with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. He donated $5 million to Louisiana to help the state fight the Coronavirus outbreak and his generosity touched Hoda’s heart. Watch it inside…


“TODAY” show co-anchor Hoda Kotb has been hosting her “TODAY” show hour by herself at the 30 Rockefeller Studio while her co-anchor Savannah Gutherie is self-isolating, hosting from home.

Today, Hoda interviewed New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (via video conference call) to talk about the $5 million donation he made to Louisiana to help during the Coronavirus crisis. The NFLer and his wife, Brittany, announced they were donating the money because “the priority now is helping our communities get through this tough time."

Peep his announcement below:

Sadly, New Orleans is quickly on track to becoming a Coronavirus epicenter. The city's tradition of large social gatherings combined with higher than average rates of obesity and chronic disease - people in New Orleans are at risk. It's also important to note that the state's leadership has, for years, often put healthcare as a non-priority.  This affects the quantity and quality of healthcare professionals, health education and hospitals.

By the time the city put a ban on large crowds, weeks after Mardi Gras 2020, it was likely too late. Today, the state has 2,305 reported cases of COVID-19 and 83 reported deaths, according to the Louisiana Department of Health. The death toll is one of the highest in the country.

Hoda was a strong connection to Louisiana, having worked there for years as an anchor for WWL-TV in New Orleans.

“I actually think a lot of things are contagious, including generosity," Hoda told Drew as she wrapped up their interview. "Our hope is that because you let us know you made this big generous donation, other people can look and say, ‘Hey, maybe I can help out too.’ Drew, we love you.”

“Love you too, Hoda,” Drew responded.

And then, the water works. Check it below:




Photo: TODAY's Twitter screenshot

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