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Hoda Kotb is Just as Confused as Nick, Vanessa Lachey and Jessica Simpson on Giftgate

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By Natalie Hunter

Detective Andy Cohen is getting to the bottom of Giftgate. Or so he thought. After interviewing Hoda Kotb, the case seems even more mysterious than before. According to E! News, Cohen had Kotb on his late night talk show 'Watch What Happens Live.' Kotb explains that she really thought Jessica Simpson said there was a gift, but now, after the whole debacle, she "didn't understand what was going on" and "actually was confused." The real question is where did this gift come from?

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"Here's the thing: When I was interviewing Jessica, she was talking about, like, on what great terms everyone was," Kotb explained to Cohen. "Like, 'I'm so happy for them. I have children. They have children.' And she mentioned something, I thought, about a gift. So, I was like 'Oh, so everybody's happy.' So when they came, I was like, 'Isn't that cool? Everybody's friends.' And then that wasn't the way it was received."

Who would've thought that the matter would resurface years later after the Simpson released her memoir.

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During a recent interview on the 'Today Show,' Kotb asked Nick and Vanessa Lachey about the gift that Simpson had referred to years ago.

“It wasn’t us, but thank you, whoever sent it from us. I didn’t. I don’t know her address,” Vanessa said.

"I think it's weird accepting credit for something you didn't do or give," Vanessa wrote in a tweet following the interview. "Even weirder to bring up something so random. Just giving facts. I wanted to make sure we were truthful."


"Can we get a do-over and I will tell them it was a big beautiful basket. ;-). Kidding, sorry you think that, just wanted to be truthful. That's all," she wrote after receiving criticism for the awkward moment on air. "But the gift sounds lovely!"

Many fans suspected that the couple was being shady trying to deny the gift. However, Simpson sat down for an interview with Cohen on his SiriusXm show and seemingly contradicted her previous claim about the gift.


"I don't know where that came from," Simpson told Cohen regarding the infamous gift mentioned in Vanessa and Nick's interview.

Currently, there's two possible solutions to Giftgate. One possibility is that Kotb didn't properly remember her first interview with Jessica Simpson and accidentally made up the gift. The other possibility is that Simpson did mention the gift in the first interview and is now trying to shut it down due to the general discomfort it has caused. The mystery continues.

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