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Jenna Bush Hager missing from Today - replaced by beloved news anchor

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Jenna Bush Hager has become a friendly and familiar face fans can look forward to every weekday morning on the Today Show.MORE: Jenna Bush Hager reveals unexpected family story involving daughter and famous parentsHowever, a different – although still quite familiar – face took over her spot Thursday morning, and fans have lots of opinions about the replacement.Hoda Kotb revealed that her usual co-host is unfortunately "on assignment," but she had just as close of a friend right next to her hosting 3rd Hour, none other than former The View host Meredith Vieira.WATCH: Jenna's rise to fameMORE: Jenna Bush Hager enjoys 'summer loving' with husband Henry Hager in beachside photoHer and Hoda's friendship goes back several years, as they both came up in broadcasting at similar times, and she even co-hosted Today for several years.

Upon revealing that she was taking over Jenna's spot while she was away, Hoda couldn't help but sing her praises and reminisce over their time on the show together."This is your house," the star firmly stated, before repeating: "This is the house that you helped build over the years."She even went so far as to admit: "Whenever someone asks me who in broadcasting I admire most, I always say you, and I'll tell you why I always say you…" Meredith and Hoda go way back!The mom-of-two endearingly explained: "When you started out in the business, you played by your own rules, you were one of the first women at 60 Minutes and they were grinding at that point, especially the women in that group."MORE: Jenna Bush Hager's radiant transformation has fans demanding to know her secretMORE: Jenna Bush Hager reveals daughter's hilarious misbehavior at special occasionShe commended Meredith for making the difficult.

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