Hoda Kotb celebrated her 56th birthday on August 9, and the Today with Hoda & Jenna star received an unforgettable surprise: The Queen of Country herself, Dolly Parton, sang a special birthday song just for Hoda.
On Sunday, Dolly tweeted a short, one-minute video of the birthday song. Of course, she’s dressed to the nines in a sparkly pink dress and her signature gloves. “The days go by faster and faster. The calendar turns, another year past ya. It’s a special day for you to shine. Drinks all around with cheers and wishes, candles on a cake that’s just delicious. It’s all for you today ‘cause it’s birthday time,” Dolly sings to the tune of her "9 to 5" hit.
“That’s right, Hoda, this one’s for you!” Dolly says as Hoda’s name lights up in large marquee letters (simply amazing). Then she finishes out the song: “It’s birthday time, what a day for celebrating. There’ll be songs and gifts and some happy congregating. This is birthday time with your friends and your relations. It’s a time for joy and happy celebrations.”
Talk about the best present ever! Hoda was, unsurprisingly, elated to receive such a gift. “Omg omg omg. Thank you @DollyParton,” the birthday girl tweeted on Sunday.
The Today cast was so impressed with the video that they shared it during Monday’s PopStart segment. “Ahh are you kidding me? Why was that not the lede at 7 a.m.? This is insane,” said Savannah Guthrie. “That’s incredible!” added Dylan Dreyer.
Hoda shared a few sweet images from the party, and it looked like a blast. Haley and Hope sang “Happy Birthday” to their mom and helped her blow out the candles on her cake, while Joel filmed the whole thing.
Despite being separated from her family, it looks like Hoda made the most of her special day—and Dolly definitely made 56 a birthday to remember!
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