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Virus crisis in New Orleans brings Kotb to tears on ‘Today’ show

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FILE - This Sept. 12, 2019 file photo shows Hoda Kotb at the Save the Children's "The Centennial Gala: Changing the World for Children" in New York. Kotb's emotions got the better of her on the “Today" show Friday as she concluded a segment with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who is donating money to help with the outbreak of coronavirus there. “Drew, we love ya,” Kotb said. Then she dissolved in tears, and co-anchor Savannah Guthrie jumped in to take over. Kotb was a news anchor and reporter at the CBS affiliate in New Orleans during the 1990s. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
By The Associated Press

From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, here’s a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness in the elderly and those with preexisting medical conditions.

TODAY SHOW’S KOTB BREAKS DOWN AFTER SEGMENT

Hoda Kotb’s emotions got the better of her on the “Today” show Friday as she concluded a segment with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who is donating money to help with the outbreak of coronavirus there.

“Drew, we love ya,” Kotb said. Then she dissolved in tears, and co-anchor Savannah Guthrie jumped in to take over.

Kotb was a news anchor and reporter at the CBS affiliate in New Orleans during the 1990s.

“Hoda, I’m so sorry, hon,” Guthrie said. “I know where your heart is.”