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10 Things You Don’t Know About Hoda Kotb!

From her exotic start to things she can't stand!

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She’s best known for knocking back glasses of wine with Kathie Lee Gifford on the fourth hour of NBC’s “Today” show — but she’s had a long career in journalism, some personal struggles, and one very famous pet! Here are 10 things you may not know about 51-year-old firebrand Hoda Kotb

1) Largely raised in West Virginia, Hoda also lived for a year in Egypt, where her parents are from.

2) She started her reporting career as a news assistant for CBS in Cairo.

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3) Hoda is a breast cancer survivor. She underwent a mastectomy in 2007, and is now a huge advocate of breast cancer awareness.

4) She appears with other cancer survivors — like rocker Sheryl Crow — in the music video for Martina McBride’s “I’m Gonna Love You Through It.”

5) Hoda wooed co-host Kathie Lee to “Today” with a five-hour lunch at iconic New York restaurant The Rainbow Room.

6) “I wake up at 4:00 a.m.,” the early show early bird reveals. “Sometimes a couple of minutes before.”

7) As a reporter, she’s covered many terrifying events, like Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans — but she can’t stand scary movies!

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8) Hoda has a cockapoo dog named after country star Blake Shelton!

9) She has a terrible sweet tooth. “It’s gotten to the point where if I throw a cookie in the garbage, I have to douse it in Cascade,” she says.

10) She’s been dating financier Joel Schiffman, 58, for three years.