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TODAY's Takeaway: Maternity leave debate, photobombs

Sep. 27, 2013 at 3:45 PM ET

Jenna reports on maternity leave, Carson gets photobombed and Cassidy Wolf has mixed emotions about her suspect's arrest.
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Jenna reports on maternity leave, Carson gets photobombed and Cassidy Wolf has mixed emotions about her suspect's arrest.

1. We’re so excited to have new mom Jenna Bush Hager back in Studio 1A! Back from maternity leave, the TODAY correspondent admitted this morning that her return from four months of leave after giving birth to baby Mila was “nerve-wracking and bittersweet.”

She reported this morning on a statistic she found surprising – that only 11% of women get paid maternity leave.

Video: TODAY correspondent and new mom Jenna Bush Hager explores the issue of paid maternity leave, something more than 80 percent of U.S. businesses don’t offer.

Other new parents in the TODAY family — Peter Alexander, Jenna Wolfe, Stephanie Gosk and Mara Schiavocampo — joined her after the segment to talk about their own tales of returning from leave.

Video: TODAY’s Peter Alexander, Jenna Wolfe, Stephanie Gosk, Mara Schiavocampo and Jenna Bush Hager talk about their experience with parental leave from work and the ups and downs of the first few months of parenthood.

2. At the age of 93, Elinor Otto is still doing the same work she started back in 1942 as part of the “Rosie the Riveter” brigade. In a sit-down interview this morning, Savannah asked Elinor why she hasn’t retired yet.

“I can’t do that!” Elinor told her. “People say, ‘What’s your secret?’ and I say, ‘Keep moving!’”

Video: Elinor Otto was part of the famous “Rosie the Riveter” brigade that put women into the workforce producing planes to help the World War II effort. She’s still working today at age 93, helping produce Boeing C-17 cargo planes. She tells TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie that retirement is just not in her blood.

3. Cassidy Wolf, the Miss Teen USA involved in a “sextortion case,” told Savannah she feels both relief and pity for the suspect recently arrested by the FBI.

“It’s weird for me to be able to put a face to the person who did this to me and to know that it was somebody I went to high school with,’’ she said.

Video: The standing Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf tells TODAY that she has mixed feelings about the news about an arrest regarding the spying and blackmailing of her, that while she is happy to put a face with the anonymous emails, the fact that the suspect went to her high school is “sad.”

4. Happy #PhotobombFriday!

In honor of the silly tradition, Carson invited viewers to send in shots of themselves stealing attention in pictures. The submissions were filled with sabotages, courtesy of family members, friends, cats and babies – yes, babies.

Video: Carson Daly helps celebrate the end of the work week by showing off some funny photobombs we’ve seen around Studio1A and sent in by TODAY viewers.

5. After photobombing a pic of Carson in the Orange Room, funnyman Kenan Thompson teased the new season of Saturday Night Live. He also chatted about his uncanny impersonation of our own Al Roker.

"All of a sudden I had street cred with my kids!" Al told Willie and Mel B. "I made 'SNL.'"

Video: “Saturday Night Live” veteran Kenan Thompson talks about the 39th season of the show, which begins Saturday with a lot of new faces in the wake of the departures of many well-known cast members.

And that's TODAY's Takeaway!

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