Hoda said that she was thrilled by the ring, but admitted that she wasn’t exactly an expert on the subject. “He put it on and I was blown away by his choice, but I have to tell you I know so little about rings,” she said. “I just don’t. I have worn the same bracelet and earrings for a year. If someone were to quiz me on what rings are which, I would be in last place. I wouldn’t know anything.”

When she tried to describe the ring, she found that she was having some trouble doing so. “The diamond part is square and around it, it looks like a stop sign. And it’s blue on the edge. Sapphires? I don’t know. But I love it,” she said. If she loves, what else really matters? 

Joel’s proposal came during a romantic dinner, and Hoda said that it took her by surprise.  “We ended up having a little dinner on the beach,” she said on Today. “And he was like, ‘I have something else I would like to say,’ and he said some beautiful things, and then he got down on one knee. Then he said, ‘Would you be my wife?’ I was totally shocked. He had a good poker face.”

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