‘Today’s Hoda Kotb Makes Maxim’s Hot 100 List

by | May 9, 2013 at 11:19 AM | The Today Show

"Today" anchor Hoda Kotb (Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Well, this was the best news of the morning…

Maxim editor-in-chief Dan Bova stopped by the fourth hour of “Today” to drop a bombshell on co-anchor Hoda Kotb: She’s a Maxim hottie.

That’s right, the sexy-smart morning-show anchor made this year’s annual Maxim Hot 100 List!

Hoda ranked #79 on 2013′s Hot List, which also includes sizzling starlets such as Miley Cyrus, who topped the list at No. 1, Selena Gomez (No. 2), Rihanna (No. 3), Mila Kunis (No. 4) and Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence (No. 5) rounding out the Top 5.

And nobody was more surprised than Hoda Kotb.

On Thursday’s “Today” show, a stunned Hoda learned the news and was presented with a bouquet of roses, a sash and, of course, a giant bottle of champagne, while she kept repeating, “Is this a joke? Is this a joke?

Hoda, who Maxim says “brightens our everyday,” even beat out “New Girl” Zooey Deschanel (No. 95); “Dancing” queen Kellie Pickler (No. 96); “Girls” babe Allison Williams (No. 91) and “2 Broke Girls” star Kat Dennings (No. 83).

By the way, the cheeky folks at Maxim also slotted Manti Te’o's “Fake Girlfriend” at #69.

Hoda’s co-host Kathie Lee Gifford didn’t have any hard feelings about not making the list herself, saying, “I’m too old” and giving Hoda a hug: “I’m so proud of you.”