Jenna Bush Hager Debuts As ‘Today’ Co-Host: Smiles, Tears & Maybe Some First-Day Jitters

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Let’s go, y’all! Jenna Bush Hager made her permanent co-hosting debut on NBC’s Today this morning, and if her choreographed kickoff with Hoda Kotb didn’t come off exactly as planned, the rookie seemed to take it in stride.

“We’ve been trying to figure out what our little pregame is gonna be,” Kotb said early on during Episode 1 of Today with Hoda & Jenna. “I think we figured it out just now in the makeup room two seconds ago.”

When Bush Hager asked her co-host if she remembered it, Kotb said, “Yeah.” Only problem was, the newbie maybe didn’t. After they counted to three to deliver the new opening simultaneously, the first word came out right, but Bush Hager stopped as Kotb said enthusiastically, “Let go, y’all!”

“I thought it was, ‘Let’s do this, y’all?’ ” Bush Hager said, looking a little embarrassed.

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