"Now I'll remember it!" joked Hoda Kotb, after Jenna Bush Hager teased her on air for the ongoing mishap

By Dave Quinn
February 13, 2020 12:15 PM
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Jenna Bush Hager couldn’t help but tease Hoda Kotb on Wednesday, when Kotb revealed she couldn’t remember the name of the former first daughter’s newest child.

During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, the Today with Hoda & Jenna co-hosts shared a laugh about the mishap, which has apparently been a running gag between the two.

The topic came up when a caller on the Bravo talk show’s web-streamed After Show asked Bush Hager, 38, which Today staffer had given her the best gift for her 6-month-old son, Henry “Hal” Harold.

Before answering, Bush Hager turned to Kotb, asking, “Hoda, what’s the name of my child?”

“Do you know what’s the name of my child?” she continued. “Be honest. We practiced!”

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Kotb, 55 — a mom herself to 3-year-old daughter Haley Joy and 9-month-old daughter Hope Catherine — immediately started laughing, before admitting, “I keep forgetting it.”

She then took a stab. “I do know it … Hank!” Kotb said.

“Hal! Hal! His name is Hal!” Bush Hager immediately responded, laughing.

Quickly, host Andy Cohen jumped in, pointing out that “Hal” was “Lah” spelled backwards.

His trick was helpful to Kotb. “Oh, now I’ll remember it!” she joked.

The hilarious moment was played back on Thursday’s episode of Today, where Kotb was asked, “Do you know Jenna’s baby’s name now?”

“Yes!” a confident Kotb responded, before messing it up again. “It’s Hal … Hank … Hal!”

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Turns out, the confusion was all the fault of Bush Hager’s husband, Henry Hager. “Hank is her husband!” Kotb said.

As for the answer to the original WWHL caller’s question, Bush Hager didn’t name any names — revealing that she prefers it when people don’t bring gifts.

“With a third child, he’s wearing hand-me-downs, he doesn’t want a thing,” said the broadcaster, who is also mom to daughters Poppy Louise, 4, and Margaret “Mila” Laura, 6½.

“I think their advice is more important and their friendship,” she added, of visitors. “Not to be cheesy or anything, but it’s true.”

That said, Bush Hager did make fun of what Kotb brought when she and her daughter Hayley stopped by: an apple.

“We didn’t have anything,” Kotb said on WWHL in her defense, explaining herself later on Today. “We just had it in the car. We just wanted to go there and we didn’t have anything!”

Jenna Bush Hager and children
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Hoda Kotb and daughters
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The laughter between Kotb and Bush Hager is what viewers have come to expect from the pair, who have been co-hosting the fourth hour of Today at 10 a.m. ET since Kathie Lee Gifford’s departure last year.

Back in January, it was revealed that the two would add a live studio audience to their show every Thursday and Friday.

“We have a new home!” they said in their announcement. “We’ve been in your house, and now it’s time for you to come to our house. We call it Hoda & Jenna & Friends, and all that’s missing is you!”

Tickets, which are free, are available at HodaAndJennaTickets.com.

Today airs weekdays on NBC. Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen airs Sundays — Thursdays (11 p.m. ET) on Bravo.