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Hilary Clinton On Chelsea Clinton's NBC Job: 'A Little Surprised' (VIDEO)

First Posted: 11/18/11 01:21 PM ET Updated: 11/18/11 01:33 PM ET

Chelsea Clinton

Some members of the media may have been surprised by Chelsea Clinton's newest gig as a special correspondent at NBC News -- and they weren't the only ones.

Hilary Clinton reacted to her daughter's new post in an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd on Friday's "Today."

"I gotta ask about my new colleague," Todd said. "What did you think when she said I wanna become a member of the fourth estate, this side of the line here?"

"I was a little surprised, but she decided to go for it and I'm very excited for her," Clinton answered, smiling.

Chelsea Clinton will continue pursuing her graduate studies and working for her father's Clinton Foundation while at NBC News. She is the second former First Daughter to be hired by the news network. Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former President George W. Bush, is a correspondent for "Today."

Chelsea Clinton around town:

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    Chelsea Clinton attends the George Washington University (GW) kickoff rally to launch the 'GW Phones for Hope,' as part of a 2012 Clinton Global Initiative University project.

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    With Hillary Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative.

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    With her husband Marc Mezvinsky during the closing Plenary session of the seventh Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) at the Sheraton New York Hotel on September 22, 2011 in New York City.

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    At the Women's World Cup Final.

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    Chelsea Clinton and honoree Elizabeth Smart attend the 2nd Annual Diller-von Furstenberg Awards at United Nations on March 11, 2011 in New York City.

  • Chelsea Clinton (Plus Media Titans!)

    Presenters actress Laura Linney, anchorwoman Diane Sawyer, The Daily Beast and Newsweek editor-in-chief Tina Brown, Chelsea Clinton, designer Diane von Furstenberg, Ambassador Shirin R. Tahir-Kheli, (L-R front row) honorees Elizabeth Smart, Taryn Davis, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sohini Chakraborty and Kakenya Ntaiya attend the 2nd Annual Diller-von Furstenberg Awards at United Nations on March 11, 2011 in New York City.

  • Chelsea Clinton (With Movie Stars!)

    Christine Taylor, Ben Stiller and Chelsea Clinton are seen during the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) September 23, 2010 in New York.

  • Chelsea Clinton (Getting Married!)

    In this handout image provided by Barbara Kinney, (L-R) U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, her mother Dorothy Rodham and Chelsea Clinton pose during the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky at the Astor Courts Estate on July 31, 2010 in Rhinebeck, New York.

  • Glamour Hosts Women In Politics Panel With Chelsea Clinton

    NEW YORK - MARCH 28: Moderator Chelsea Clinton speaks at Women In Politics Panel With Chelsea Clinton hosted by Glamour magazine at 92nd Street Y on March 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Glamour)

  • Glamour Hosts Women In Politics Panel With Chelsea Clinton

    NEW YORK - MARCH 28: Moderator Chelsea Clinton speaks at Women In Politics Panel With Chelsea Clinton hosted by Glamour magazine at 92nd Street Y on March 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Glamour)

  • Glamour Hosts Women In Politics Panel With Chelsea Clinton

    NEW YORK - MARCH 28: Moderator Chelsea Clinton speaks at Women In Politics Panel With Chelsea Clinton hosted by Glamour magazine at 92nd Street Y on March 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Glamour)

  • Glamour Hosts Women In Politics Panel With Chelsea Clinton

    NEW YORK - MARCH 28: Editor-in-chief of Glamour Cindi Leive and Chelsea Clinton attend Women In Politics Panel With Chelsea Clinton hosted by Glamour at 92nd Street Y on March 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Glamour)

  • Glamour Hosts Women In Politics Panel With Chelsea Clinton

    NEW YORK - MARCH 28: Chelsea Clinton talks to Mary Anne Huntsman and Abby Huntsman Livingston at Women In Politics Panel With Chelsea Clinton hosted by Glamour magazine at 92nd Street Y on March 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Glamour)

  • School Of American Ballet Winter Ball 2012

    NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Chelsea Clinton (L) and Amanda Brotman attend the School of American Ballet Winter Ball 2012 at the David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center on March 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

  • School Of American Ballet Winter Ball 2012

    NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Chelsea Clinton attends the School of American Ballet Winter Ball 2012 at the David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center on March 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

  • Chelsea Clinton (C), daughter of former

    Chelsea Clinton (C), daughter of former US President Bill Clinton, and Ukrainian businessman and philanthropist Victor Pinchuk (R) look at a three-week old baby in a neonatal care unit at the National Children's Hospital in Kiev on January 24, 2012. Chelsea Clinton arrived in Ukraine to support the project 'The Cradles of Hope' launched by the Victor Pinchuk foundation. AFP PHOTO/ POOL/ EFREM LUKATSKY (Photo credit should read EFREM LUKATSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 2011 Women For Women International Gala

    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Chelsea Clinton attends the 2011 Women For Women International Gala at The Museum of Modern Art on November 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dario Cantatore/Getty Images)

  • Clinton Global Initiative Addresses Issues Of Worldwide Concern

    NEW YORK CITY- SEPTEMBER 22: Former US President Bill Clinton (R) stands on stage with his wife Hillary Rodham Clinton (C), Secretary of State, and their daughter Chelsea Clinton during the closing Plenary session of the seventh Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) at the Sheraton New York Hotel on September 22, 2011 in New York City. Established in 2005 by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, the CGI assembles global leaders to develop and implement solutions to some of the world's most urgent problems. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

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