Many unpredictable and unexpected things happen when interviewing artists on the red carpet. Those unexpected things make for the best moments. While One Country was interviewing newcomer Tyler Rich on the CMT Music Awards red carpet, which was really gray, we had one of those unpredictable moments.
Hoda Kotb, anchor of the “TODAY” Show, crashed our interview with Tyler and we couldn’t have been more happy about it.
Tyler was in the middle of telling us about his song “The Difference” when Hoda was walking by our cameras. If you’re wondering why Hoda was at the CMT awards, she was there to present Video of the Year, which went to Blake Shelton. Earlier in the day Hoda was in Nashville to co-host a special edition of the fourth hour of “TODAY” with Blake at the opening of his new bar/restaurant Ole Red Nashville.
After we summoned Hoda over to introduce Tyler to the anchor, it turned out she was already familiar with the California native. “Tyler Rich is a star,” Hoda exclaimed. “Tyler is a star. Everybody loves Tyler. NO, EVERYBODY. Look at this face! Look at it!”
The two actually met in May when Tyler performed on “TODAY,” and clearly, Hoda is a fan.
Shortly after the gushing over Tyler ended, the lovefest turned to Hoda. Tyler returned the compliments and congratulated Hoda on her recent 5-year anniversary with her boyfriend, Joel. Hoda was obviously surprised that Tyler even knew that info, and the bond between the two grew two sizes that night.
Well played,Tyler. Well played. That’s the way you make sure you get invited back on the “TODAY” show.