Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager Explain Which Trend They Think Is ‘Cowardly’

Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager

Of all the dating trends that have come and gone over the years, Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager agree on what they view as downright “cowardly.”

The two Today with Hoda & Jenna co-hosts discussed dating trends a couple of times on their show this week. On Friday, April 26, they chatted about one new trend on the rise known increasingly as “bless and release"—n which a person who no longer wishes to continue dating someone is upfront with them about their real feelings before wishing them the best and moving on. The goal of this particular strategy is to end the dating scenario in a clear and relatively kind manner.

The rise of “bless and release” reminded Bush Hager and Kotb about another dating trend that has become a huge part of online dating. It’s a tendency among many people in the dating pool that they agree is less kind.

“For a while now, all the kids were getting ghosted,” Bush Hager said.

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“Because, you know, ghosting is sort of like the kind of cowardly way out,” Kotb responded. Bush Hager voiced her agreement before Kotb volunteered her understanding of “ghosting,” explaining, “You can’t say something, so you just like let it go, they’ll forget, it’ll be over, it’ll die on the vine.”

That “cowardly” dating tendency also came up during Kotb and Bush Hager’s April 25 on-air discussion with Vivica Fox. When Bush Hager mentioned the prevalence of online dating and asked Fox if she thought “ghosting” was “ever OK” to do, the actress and producer admitted she had ghosted someone before.

“It’s mean, to be honest with you,” Fox said. “But I have done it. I’m guilty as charged.”

In Fox’s case, she explained that she only did it “because I didn’t want to hurt their feelings.”

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