The last thing I had to do was separate from Mallory right before the segment started. At 7:55, we were standing there ready to go out, and I was waiting for the producers to give me some type of signal, which never came. I was getting really nervous, and finally just said, “Hey, can I run to the bathroom real quick? Do I have time?”
Mallory turned to me and kind of screamed, “You can’t hold it?!” in front of the producers and cameraman. I said, “No, I’m so nervous. I’ve gotta go.” But before we could even argue about it, one of the producers pulled me out of the room.
Outside, the Plaza was decorated with a pink carpet, flowers, and balloons. The producer hid me behind our families, so that when Mallory walked out, I would emerge from our families and greet her at the carpet.
As this was going on, a separate cameraman was with her and our puppy, filming what they called the “keystone segment,” with Al Roker chatting with Mallory about the Valentine’s Day pets segment. He is not good at small talk, by the way, and was buying time in a terrible way -- I guess he was just as nervous as we were. Meanwhile, a segment about the upcoming proposal was actually airing on TV.