‘Today Show’s’ Jenna Bush Hager Has Something Planned for November
Jenna Bush Hager of the Today Show and Today with Hoda and Jenna has been on maternity leave since giving birth to her son Henry ‘Hal’ on August 2. Though she hasn’t been at the news desk, Hager is still at work on her wildly popular book club, Read With Jenna, announcing her picks via video for September and October.
The talk show host is also planning to embark on some travel next month with a family member for a new labor of love.
Support from ‘Today’
Co-host Hoda Kotb had been out on her own maternity leave just as Hager was leaving in August to start hers. After Kotb’s return in September, the Today Show set has had several guest hosts filling in Hager during the show’s fourth hour, including Meredith Viera, Maria Shriver, and Andy Cohen.
While with her family full-time, Hager is making a point of focusing on her three kids – daughters Mila and Poppy, and newborn Hal. Hager realized her timing may not have been perfect, where she announced her pregnancy right after Kotb left for maternity leave and shortly after being named as the replacement for Kathie Lee Gifford on Today’s fourth hour. “Is the timing ideal? Not really. We are launching something new and I’ll be taking maternity leave this fall. But it’s not about that,” Hager told People in May.
Hager gave her colleagues accolades for their support of her time away with her children, grateful for their willingness to allow her this career flexibility. “There was no hesitation when I told anybody at work. It is a beautiful journey for you and your family. And I know they feel the same way for Hoda,” Hager said. “These decisions about expanding our families are personal … our work is wonderful and I’m thrilled with how our show is going. But it’s really forward thinking.”
First book on sisters
The book club founder is also a best-selling author, having penned a memoir with twin sister Barbara Pierce Bush. The two wrote “Sisters First: Stories from our Wild and Wonderful Life,” which was published in 2017 and chronicled their sibling bond from early childhood through their young adult years. The book also reveals their experiences within the White House walls when their grandfather, George H.W. Bush, and father, George W. Bush, each served as President of the United States.
The Bush sisters are the only set of twins in all of history’s First Children. Having a sibling exactly the same age definitely has its benefits. “Having a twin meant that we had a partner going through everything at the same time as we were, whether that was going to school on the first day or going to our dad’s inauguration,” Pierce Bush told Time in 2017. “I think to have a partner that’s your same age, not someone that is more mature and has a different view of the world than you, but someone that’s experiencing the world in the same age and the same way as you, has been tremendously lucky.”
Now, the twins are embarking on a new project together, which will also appeal to the younger set.
A new version
Hitting the shelves in November, the Bush twins’ new book is for children, yet boasting the same title as their memoir. “‘Sisters First‘ is a love story to each other,” the siblings told People in a statement. The book tells the tale of a young girl who gets the sister she wished for, with the story following the relationship as it grows into an unbreakable bond.
“It is our wish for all women and girls — whether blood sisters or dear friends — that the power of sisterhood fills their lives with confidence and joy,” the authors said in their statement.
The sisters will embark on a book tour in November to promote their new work. With scheduled dates in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Texas, the two wrap up their tour in Illinois a few days before Thanksgiving.
“Sisters First” hits bookshelves November 12!