The Hoda Kotb you see on your screen today did not happen by a fluke. According to CNBC, the on-air anchor has always wanted to be just that. In fact, while she might look like a pro at the job now, the publication says that she received 27 rejections in a row before getting her first job at a local television station.
“I was in that car driving around for 10 days. I got rejected everywhere. Anywhere you can think of in the Southeast, I got rejected,” Kotb said. It turns out that literally driving around to different states for hours — remember, this is the time before LinkedIn — is how she finally found one person who would take a chance on her.
“You know, the whole God gives you a sign — I literally got lost in Mississippi because I was listening to James Taylor and sad and driving aimlessly, and I saw a physical sign that said, ‘Greenville, Mississippi, Our eye is on you.’ It had like a CBS eye. News center 15, WXVT. I said, ‘I’m gonna go there and get rejected,'” Kotb said.