Savannah Guthrie and Jenna Bush Hager have opened up about what it was like to sit next to Hollywood heartthrobs Brad Pitt and Bradley Cooper at the US Open on Sunday, admitting that they had a hard time keeping their cool.
Savannah, 49, was seated right next to Brad, 57, who tried to keep a low-profile in a white bucket had and shades while watching Russia‘s Daniil Medvedev defeat Serbian tennis legend Novak Djokovic at the men’s tennis final at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.
‘It’s Brad Pitt! You know, just how you do,’ she gushed to her Today co-stars on Monday’s show, revealing that Jenna, 39, later stole her seat to get closer to the Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood star.
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What a day! Savannah Guthrie, 49, sat next to Brad Pitt, 57, at the US Open on Sunday and opened up about the experience on the Today show the next day
Hilarious: Savannah revealed that her co-star and pal Jenna Bush Hager, 39, stole her seat to get closer to the Oscar-winning actor
Tennis-loving pals: Jenna and Savannah were joined by their respective husbands Mike Feldman (second from left) and Henry Hager (far right)
Savannah and Jenna were joined by their respective husbands Mike Feldman and Henry Hager while their Today co-star Al Roker and his wife Deborah Roberts sat behind them.
‘You should have seen me trying to play it cool with Brad. I wasn’t very cool,’ Savannah recalled. ‘I was trying to give him space.’
Of course, Brad and Bradley weren’t the only A-listers who were in their orbit at the star-studded sporting event.
The Today stars were also seated near Mariska Hargitay and her husband Peter Hermann, Rami Malek, Laverne Cox, Gayle King, Olympian Lindsey Vonn, and Shark Tank investor Daymond John.
Hard to handle: ‘You should have seen me trying to play it cool with Brad. I wasn’t very cool,’ Savannah recalled on the morning show. ‘I was trying to give him space;
Star-studded: The Today hosts also sat near Mariska Hargitay and her husband Peter Hermann (front row, left), Gayle King (front row, right), and Olympian Lindsey Vonn (back row,left)
Co-workers: Al Roker and his wife Deborah Roberts were directly behind Savannah and Jenna
‘Oh my gosh, it was ridiculous. I was like Forest Gump,’ Savannah joked while looking at photos of herself next to Brad. ‘This isn’t even a real picture. I just photoshopped myself in.
‘If there was a trophy for good seats, we had them, don’t you think?’
Deborah slyly took some snapshots of Savannah and Brad from behind, which the Today co-anchor shared on Twitter.
‘This happened @usopen @JennaBushHager,’ Savannah tweeted, prompting a response from actor Ben Stiller, who wrote: ‘I saw this firsthand and will corroborate.’
Excited: Deborah slyly took a photo of Savannah sitting next to Brad and Bradley, which the Today co-anchor shared on social media
Trying not to laugh? Savannah also posted a snapshot of Jenna sheepishly sitting next to Brad
Going public: Savannah tweeted the photos on Sunday, writing: ‘This happened’
Amazing: Ben Stiller responded to Savannah’s post, saying he ‘will corroborate’ her story
Different angle: Ben and his wife Christine Taylor sat in front of Brad, Bradly and Rami Malek (far right)
The journalist also shared photos from the tennis final on Instagram, including pictures of herself posing with Mariska, Gayle, and others.
In the caption, she wrote that it was an ‘epic weekend’ with ‘epic seatmates’ while thanking Al’s wife for her ‘sneaky surveillance pic.’
On the fourth hour of the Today show, Hoda Kotb admitted that she was extremely jealous that Jenna also got to sit next to Brad.
Jenna explained that she took full advantage of the rush to get back into their seats in between points and stole Savannah’s highly-coveted spot.
‘Savannah looked at me and goes, “You’re the worst friend,”‘ Jenna said, adding that her husband of over a decade was a bit jealous.
Too funny: Jenna joked that ‘it was like legends of the fail’ when she tried to strike up a conversation with the Legends of the Fall star at the match
Keeping it real: ‘At one point, I said, “That was a good point,” she recalled, doing an unimpressed nod to show Brad’s reaction. ‘He wasn’t interested in me. Let’s just be honest’
All smiles: Savannah leaned forward and struck a pose with Mariska in between points
Famous friends: Savannah and Jenna also posed for a photo with Gayle while at the match
‘But then Henry looked at me, and he goes, “Don’t mess this up,” meaning our family, meaning don’t get any ideas.”‘
However, Jenna said she didn’t really make a lasting impression on Brad.
‘You know in your mind when you’re charming and going to say something great?’ she asked. ‘It was like legends of the fail. I just was like — sheepish.’
Jenna noted that it was clear that Brad ‘didn’t want to be recognized,’ and she didn’t have much to say to him.
‘At one point, I said, “That was a good point,” she recalled, doing an unimpressed nod to show Brad’s reaction. ‘He wasn’t interested in me. Let’s just be honest.’
Savannah later shared a photo of herself seated with her co-stars Hoda, Al, and Craig Melvin, writing: ‘Best seatmates right here.’