Hoda Kotb gives her week one review of Jenna Bush Hager on 'Today': 'I dig her vibe'

It's been almost a week since Jenna Bush Hager made her Today show debut, stepping into the big shoes of Kathie Lee Gifford, and Hoda Kotb says the first few days have been wonderful.

ET caught up with Kotb at The Hollywood Reporter's 9th Annual Most Powerful People In Media gala event at The Pool in New York City on Thursday, and she opened up about working alongside her new co-star.

"She's a blast!" Kotb declared of Bush Hager. "She's a real hard worker, which has revealed itself in such a big way. She's a kind person, and she's putting her heart on the table."

"I dig it, man," the TV personality added, excitedly. "I dig her vibe, I dig that she's honest and open. When she messes up, she messed up and she doesn't care. When she's on fire, she's on fire and she's happy, so I'm cheering her on!"

Bush Hager joined the fourth hour of the Today show following Gifford's departure after 11 years, and Kotb say she's doing a great job at bringing her own energy and presence to the program.

"[Kathie Lee] left a gaping hole and no one can fill it, but Jenna can do her own dance," Kotb shared.

While she might not be a part of the show anymore, it seems that Gifford is still tuning in to see how things are going in her absence.

"She told me she watched Day 1, and she liked it!" Kotb said. "I was surprised."

The veteran TV host also opened up about being honored at the media gala, after being named one of the most powerful women in Media by The Hollywood Reporter.

"I've gotta say, I was just looking around at the people are here and one of the main reasons I think anyone succeeds is because of who they get to work with," Kotb shared. "Honestly, because you're a big fat zero if you're not surrounded by strength."

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TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb, Jenna Bush Hager and Maria Shriver on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Jenna Bush Hager, Hoda Kotb and Keri Glassman on Monday, January 21, 2019 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on Thursday, January 17, 2019 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Harlem Globetrotters with Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on Thursday, January 10, 2019 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb, Jenna Bush Hager and Neil Patrick Harris on Thursday, January 10, 2019 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Jenna Bush, Hoda Kotb, and Al Roker are seen on January 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb, Jenna Bush Hager and LeAnn Rimes on Friday, November 9, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on Friday, November 9, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on Friday, November 9, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Jenna Bush Hager, Hoda Kotb, Jennifer Hartstein and Jeff Gardere on Monday, October 29, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on Tuesday, October 15, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on Thursday, August 23, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on Friday, July 27, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb, Jenna Bush Hager and Hilaria Baldwin on Friday, July 27, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on Friday, June 1, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Jenna Bush Hager and Hoda Kotb on Thursday, April 26, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on Friday, January 5, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford. Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on Friday, October 6, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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