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How Hoda Kotb was left frustrated on the show over a missed opportunity with co-star

The Today star missed out on an incredible experience with Jenna Bush Hager

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Hanna Fillingham
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Hoda Kotb is much-loved for her positive outlook but even she can get frustrated sometimes!

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In one memorable episode of Today - that we are reflecting on at the end of 2022 -  the TV personality had the most hilariously honest reaction live on air after discovering an incredibly unlucky missed opportunity with her co-star Jenna Bush Hager

At the end of 2021, the duo were chatting about a "surprise shoot" they had been asked to go to in New York the night before, which they had both declined, unaware of just what it was.

"Last night, we were supposed to do a surprise shoot. I had to cancel it. I said to them, 'Is this surprise really going to hold my expectations?' Because I thought maybe we would just end up in Times Square," Jenna began.

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"They were surprising us with an activity that we didn't know about in New York City."

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"We were just going to go there," Hoda explained.

"We figured out what the surprise was and we didn't go," Jenna said, as Hoda then explained: "It was a Harry Styles concert. We were going to be there at Maddison Square Gardens."

"It's such a bummer, I'm sorry," Hoda told her co-star.

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Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager missed out on a big event on Monday night

The mom-of-two is a big Harry Styles fan but this isn't the first time that she has felt regret related to the pop sensation.

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Back in February 2020, the journalist had gone out of her way to ask Harry to film a video shout out to Willie Geist's 12-year-old daughter Lucie.

While she managed to get the video for the pre-teen, she later realised that she had given Harry the wrong name!

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Hoda with Harry Styles on a previous Today episode 

Chatting about the blunder on the show the day after, Hoda said: "I just have to get this off my chest because I told Jenna this, and I feel terrible about it."

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Willie – who was filling in for Savannah Guthrie on the day Harry visited the show – had told Hoda that his daughter was a huge fan of the singer and that she was "going to be so upset" that she wasn't there with her dad to see him.

After getting three minutes on set with Harry during a commercial break, Hoda asked him for a favour. "I was like, 'Hey can you help me out, Harry? Can you just say I love you, Lily?'" she recalled.

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The award-winning star was more than happy to help. "He's like, 'Hello, Lily, I love you, Lily,'" she said. "So I texted Willie, and I waited an hour, two hours, three hours. I get nothing, and I was like, man, that's so weird. Willie, he didn't respond."

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After telling Jenna the story, Hoda realised that she had given the wrong name! While Hoda felt bad, Jenna reassured her, telling viewers: "How awesome and how sweet of Hoda to do that. But don't you always mess up the name!"

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