Jenna Bush Hager and Hoda Kotb couldn’t ‘handle marrying’ Chris Evans

  • The Today co-hosts debated if they could marry the actor on Monday’s show
  • Evans, 42, reportedly wed his girlfriend, Baptista, 26, over the weekend 
  • Kotb, 59, didn’t think she’s like having people tell her she’s ‘lucky’ to be with him

Jenna Bush Hager and Hoda Kotb aren’t sure they could ‘handle marrying’ Chris Evans because the reigning ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ is too much of a catch. 

The Today stars imagined what it would be like to tie the knot with a handsome movie star on Monday’s show following reports that Evans, 42, wed his girlfriend, Alba Baptista, 26, during an intimate Cape Cod ceremony over the weekend.

The actor was crowned People’s Sexiest Man Alive last November, just days before he and Baptista were first spotted in public

‘Could you handle marrying the Sexiest Man Alive?’ Bush Hager, 41, asked her co-host after offering the alleged newlyweds their congratulations.

Hoda Kotb, 59, and Jenna Bush Hager, 41, pondered what it would be like to marry Chris Evans - the reigning Sexiest Man Alive - on the Today show Monday

Evans, 42, reportedly wed his girlfriend, Alba Baptista, 26, during an intimate Cape Cod ceremony over the weekend

‘That’s actually a really good question,’ Kotb, 59, said as she pondered her answer. 

‘Would I like that if the person I was with everyone was like, “Boy, you’re lucky. Wow!” I don’t know if I’d like that,’ she admitted. 

Bush Hager agreed that she didn’t think she would like it either, but she would have made an exception for Evans given the chance. 

‘I don’t think I’d like that because then you would be like, “What about me? Aren’t they lucky?”‘ she explained. ‘But he’s the type of Sexiest Man Alive I could have married. Like he’s rugged, and he doesn’t seem so pretty.’

The Today with Hoda & Jenna co-hosts also discussed how Evans has managed to keep his relationship with Baptista private.  

‘We haven’t seen much about them, but maybe that’s why it’s all working — because we’re all out of it,’ Kotb told Bush Hager. 

The former first daughter, who knows firsthand what it’s like to be in the public eye, said that ‘it’s interesting to figure out what to keep to yourself and what to let out there.’ 

‘It’s hard,’ Kotb agreed. ‘Because sometimes you think, “Well, I’m just being me, so I’m gonna just say it.” And then sometimes you wonder [if you should].  

'Would I like that if the person I was with everyone was like, "Boy, you're lucky. Wow!" I don't know if I'd like that,' Kotb admitted

Bush Hager agreed, but she added that Evans was 'the type of Sexiest Man Alive' she could have married

The Today co-hosts also praised Evans for keeping his relationship with Baptista private, agreeing that the couple 'did it right'

‘I think with maturity probably comes “I don’t have to say everything.” You kind of gatekeep yourself.’

‘You want to keep things that are sacred,’ explained Bush Hager, who has three children with her husband, Henry Hager.  

‘Also, how nice that they could have a wedding that none of us stalked on TMZ. How lucky for them.’

Kotb, who broke up with her fiancé Joel Schiffman last year, noted that talking about your partner too much may take away from the relationship. 

‘Let’s say Chris was here and he was getting interviewed. “How much do you love her? What do you love about her?” So he’ll say,’ she said. ‘And then an hour later someone else is interviewing him. “What do you love about her?” “Well, I love her smile and…” 

‘And pretty soon, when you repeat it over and over and over, it’s like with any story, sometimes you feel like the story doesn’t belong to you. It’s like you’ve said it so many times you’re saying words.’

‘I mean, obviously, they did it right,’ she added of Evans and Baptista. 


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