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Hoda Kotb opens up about embarrassing moment that left her 'crushed'

Look at where the NBC star is now!

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Ahad Sanwari
Ahad Sanwari - New York
Senior WriterNew York
April 14, 2022
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Hoda Kotb often shares glimpses into her personal life when on Today or Today with Hoda and Jenna, opening up recently about a rather embarrassing childhood memory.

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On a recent installment of the show without her usual co-host Jenna Bush Hager, Hoda talked to replacement co-star Willie Geist about being stuck in the friend-zone.

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"I feel like I was always seen as the friend," she said. "When someone would approach at the dance, I would think 'it's happening, it's happening,' and they're like 'hey, do you think your friend would dance with me if I asked?'"

"No!" Willie replied, supporting her by saying: "It's hard to believe sitting here today."

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Hoda then launched into a story she described as "super painful," opening up about an incident when she was at a party.

"We were playing spin the bottle, we were in seventh grade, just for the kiss. Spun the bottle, it landed on a guy named Todd, and I had never been more excited."

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Hoda opened up to co-host Willie about being in the friend-zone

"Do you know what he said?" she asked, which left Willie feeling quite anxious. She responded: "He said 'I think that's going a little too far.' It was a bone crusher."

Her co-host immediately said, in a mocking tone: "Where's Todd now? Todd, where you at, Todd?" which left Hoda in hysterics.

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She continued: "I do remember thinking in that moment, oh my god, I don't think I fit, I don't know where my place is. For everybody who's ever been the weird one, we know what you feel like!"

Willie lifted Hoda up by adding: "The moral of the story is that someday you turn out to be Hoda Kotb," to which some of the other people in the studio responded by cheering.

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Hoda has been hosting without Jenna as she recovers from COVID

Fans rushed to support Hoda as well, calling out Todd with comments like: "Big mistake Todd!! HUGE!"

The NBC star has been hosting her hour-long segment of the show without her close friend and co-star Jenna, who tested positive for COVID earlier in the week.

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