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Al Roker leaves fans debating Thanksgiving dinner with contentious hot take

Stuffing? Dressing?

al roker thanksgiving hot take© Photo: Getty Images
Ahad Sanwari
Ahad Sanwari - New York
Senior WriterNew York
November 24, 2021
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Al Roker has been delighting fans with episodes from his new podcast, Cooking Up A Storm with Al Roker, but his latest left many in a tizzy.

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The Today star teamed up with Alexander Smalls to discuss Thanksgiving dinners, particularly whether the filling for the turkey was described as "stuffing" or "dressing."

In a clip he shared on his Instagram, Al said: "I grew up here in New York, and my mom called it stuffing. You call it dressing."

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Al and Alexander then proceeded to debate the difference between the two, saying that one would go inside the turkey and one would be on the side in a casserole dish.

He wrote on the clip: "There's totally a difference between Thanksgiving stuffing and dressing," but many fans couldn't necessarily agree.

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Some of Al's friends and colleagues also chimed in, including his wife Deborah Roberts, who commented: "Yep. We had Turkey and dressing in Georgia!"

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Al divided fans with his take on stuffing vs dressing

Katie Couric said: "We call it dressing…," with a fan also adding: "No, No, NO...dressing is made with CORNBREAD... stuffing is NOT... just my…"

Another wrote: "I can see his point on the definition, however, the stuffing vs dressing debate is regional and generational. What he calls dressing is what I've always called stuffing (Mid West). Growing up, I heard both used interchangeably."

Many others also gave their two cents on the topic, sharing stories of their years growing up using the terms "stuffing" or "dressing" and how their own perceptions of it differed from Al and Alexander's.

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The popular television weatherman has shared more Thanksgiving-related podcast snippets on his social media in the run-up to the holiday.

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The Today host has shared many Thanksgiving recipes on his podcast

He posted a clip from his podcast episode with Ina Garten where she made her parmesan smashed potatoes, writing in the caption: "@inagarten's famous parmesan smashed potatoes are the perfect side for your #thanksgiving #turkey. Check out our podcast convo on 'Cooking Up A Storm' at link in bio. #Recipe included! Happy Thanksgiving!"

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