- Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager debuted their new, fourth hour Today show program on February 6.
- Hoda & Jenna & Friends will be broadcast in front of a live studio audience every Thursday and Friday.
- Here's everything you need to know about the show, and how you can score tickets.
Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager have been on the Today show for some time. Kotb joined the NBC news team in 1998 (and Today in 2007) and Bush Hager became a correspondent in 2009. However, neither has ever done a broadcast quite like they did on February 6. On Thursday, Hoda & Jenna & Friends filmed their new, fourth hour Today show program in front of a live studio audience—and yes, you can get tickets.
Here's everything you need to know about the show's premiere, format, and how you can attend.
The first live broadcast of Hoda & Jenna & Friends aired on Thursday, February 6.
Fans welcomed the hosts with pom-poms and applause, and in return, Kotb and Bush Hager gave out hugs, high fives, and T-shirts—because what's a live show without giveaways and swag.
Both Kotb's family and Bush Hager's family joined them for the exciting event.
Kotb's fiancé, Joel Schiffman, made his Today show debut. He was sitting in the front row with Henry Hager, Jenna Bush Hager's husband. And while Kotb knew Schiffman would be in attendance, that didn't make the moment any less important or emotional.
“You know when there are big moments in your life? It’s your wedding, it’s your first job, it’s the kids are running around. Sometimes you need to take one second and just literally sit in the moment,” Kotb said once she took her seat “You guys, thank you for coming, for traveling from all around." She then thanked Schiffman directly, with a few words and a blown kiss.
"Joel had a really, really, really super busy day at work and I didn’t even ask him to come. I didn’t bring it up, and I didn’t want him to feel bad and say he can’t come so I didn’t bring it up. And then, I sent him a text and said, 'If you want to come any Thursday.' And he said, 'How about this Thursday? I’m so glad you asked.'"
However, the highlight of the show came during the last few minutes, when Kotb and Bush Hager's daughters—Haley, Mila, and Poppy—surprised them onstage.
Hoda & Jenna & Friends will air every Thursday and Friday.
While the fourth hour Today show program will be on every day of the week—i.e. Kotb and Bush Hager will conduct interviews and cover timely events from their regular news desk Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday—the pair will welcome audience members and "friends" every Thursday and Friday.
You can get tickets.
If you want to attend a live taping of Hoda & Jenna & Friends, you can. In fact, Kotb, Bush Hager, and NBC want you to be a part of this exciting event. However, you may have to wait. Tickets are currently sold out, though the website promises more dates will be available soon.