Surprise! Jenna Bush Hager Makes a Return to the Today Show for Special Halloween Episode
Jenna Bush Hager and husband Henry Hager welcomed their third child, son Hal, in August
The Today star — who is on maternity leave — paid a special visit to the set of her NBC daytime show on Thursday to celebrate the holiday, where she took the stage in costume as Baby from Dirty Dancing (alongside Willie Geist as Johnny!), complete with the iconic dance from the 1989 classic’s closing scene.
Hilariously, after Bush Hager, 37, ran toward Geist, 44, for the famous lift, the camera cut to Geist instead standing outside the Today studios, lifting a Baby-dressed mannequin into the air.
This is Bush Hager’s first in-person appearance back on the show since she gave birth to her third child: son Henry “Hal” Harold, who turns 3 months old on Saturday.
“I left my baby just to be here with y’all because I love Halloween!” she told the rest of the cast (who were also dressed in their dancing-themed best, from movies like Grease to icons like Janet Jackson).
Later in the show, Hoda Kotb — expertly dressed as John Travolta‘s Tony Manero from Saturday Night Fever — revealed during the 11 o’clock hour that her co-host would be back on air full time starting Nov. 11.
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Earlier this month, Bush Hager revealed that she would be back to work at Today “by December,” before joining former First Lady Michelle Obama and the Obama Foundation on a trip to Vietnam later that same month to help talk to girls there about staying in school.
“I’ll come to you first!” she promised her co-hosts. “I’m going to be back with you first, then go on the road trip.”
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Baby Hal was sound asleep in the first shot, with his arms raised in the air in the next. In the third, the baby boy had his mouth open in what looked like a yawn, while his mama cuddled him close in the final, black-and-white photo.
“Two months (and a day!!) with the sweetest Hal-pal in the whole world. ❤️❤️🍼❤️,””Bush Hager wrote alongside the images, which were captured by photographer Nathan Congleton.