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Hoda Kotb Addresses the Awkward Interview She Had with Nick and Vanessa Lachey

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By Zachary Holt

What's better than watching an awkward interview between people? Getting the host's feedback on how awkward said interview was.

A couple of weeks ago, Hoda Kotb, one of the hosts of the Today Show, had the opportunity to interview Nick and Vanessa Lachey about a myriad of topics, but one, in particular, stood out, making the whole exchange super awkward between the host and couple.

This, of course, stemmed from the 'infamous' question about a gift that Jessica Simpson allegedly received from the Lacheys upon the birth of one of her children with her new husband, Eric Johnson.

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There seems to have been a misunderstanding from the start when Kotb had Jessica Simpson on the show for an interview, just before Nick and Vanessa. Simpson has been going on tour, promoting her new, candid memoir, Open Book, which delves into some of the hardest times of her life, including struggling with substance and alcohol abuse, as well as, her tumultuous marriage to Lachey, and their subsequent divorce.

The optimistic nature of the interview with Simpson, tied into a report from 2012 that purported Lachey sent Simpson a gift, led ultimately to the overall misunderstanding that a gift was, in fact, sent by the Nick and Vanessa.

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Through the series of events, the narrative that a gift was actually sent permeated its way to the following interview with Nick and Vanessa Lachey. To the couple's bewilderment and surprise, the couple adamantly denied sending any gift to Simpson. Vanessa Lachey was particularly aggressive in the denial. "It wasn't us, but thank you whoever sent it," Lachey said, adding that they didn't even know Simpson's address.

The exchange on national television was enough for people to go to social media and attack Vanessa for the manner in which she handled the question and addressed the host, who was simply asking a question based on a report.

Kotb Reflects on Awkward Nature of Interview, Reactions by Lacheys

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Fast forward to the present, and Kotb had the chance to speak with Andy Cohen on his show, Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, about the awkward interview she had with the Lacheys.

"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."

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Kotb mentioned that she was truly taken back by the Lacheys' response, citing that she 'didn't understand what was going on' and 'actually was confused'.

The crazy and convoluted story was something that Cohen could relate to, as he too, tried to figure out what was going on. He also had Simpson on his show, where she denied the report that she received a gift, citing false reporting from 2012 as the reason for the rumor.

While this was certainly a story made out of nothing, it still provided some entertaining commentary between the parties involved.

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