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Hoda Kotb & Jenna Bush Hager Hilariously Debate 'Gaslighting' On 'Today'

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Dec. 22 2022, Published 7:00 p.m. ET

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It’s the Merriam-Webster word of the year … and a hot topic on the Today show!

Earlier this week, longtime cohosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager got into a hilarious on-air spat surrounding the definition of the word “Gaslighting” — and whether Hager did it to her morning show colleague.

”You did gaslight me one time,” Kotb quipped to her co-host, a sentiment that seemingly took Hager aback.

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“I gaslit you?” she replied in disbelief, sparking a smattering of laughter from the show’s studio audience. “Wait what?”

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The Daytime Emmy winner then took a moment, giggling as she recounted the exact moment the former first daughter gaslit her — an incident she said occurred on their beloved morning program.

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“So one of the games we played, you went over the time to decorate the cookie, or whatever it was,” Kotb recalled to a stunned Hager. “And then I said ‘you went over the time’ and you said ‘no, I didn’t, no I didn't.’”

Though Kotb insisted that her competitor had, in fact, exceeded the time limit — “I was like ‘well you did because it went ‘ding’ and then it was over,’” she said — the anchor claimed that Hager tried to convince the crew and audience that such was not the case.

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“And then you were like ‘Guys, did I? Did I? I did not. I did not, I stayed within the rules!’” the mom-of-two joked. “So, gaslighting is when you know it’s not true but you keep going until the other person thinks they’re crazy.”

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Despite offering the definition, it seems Hager wasn’t fully convinced she gaslit Kotb. “I don’t think I tried to make you feel crazy, that’s just called lying,” the anchor jested.

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“I was lying,” Hager continued, reiterating that “there’s a difference between gaslighting and lying,” prompting Kotb to accuse her of gaslighting again.

“I straight up cheated on a game and lied to you,” she said adding that “nobody was convinced that it was the truth.”

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