Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition

Willie Geist's wife: Thanks, TODAY, for sending my husband to a bikini shoot!

Feb. 18, 2014 at 2:04 PM ET

Video: TODAY’s Willie Geist goes behind the scenes at a Sports Illustrated photo shoot with such famed models as Heidi Klum and Petra Nemcova, who teaches him how to strut his stuff. The magazine releases its 50th anniversary issue today.

Covering a Sports Illustrated photo shoot is an assignment most men only dream about. Unfortunately for Willie Geist, the segment of a lifetime aired on his wife Christina's birthday. So much for living the dream.

Thankfully, Christina has a good sense of humor about it. 

In the spot, Willie rubbed shoulders with famous models like Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Petra Nemcova and learned a few lessons about strutting his stuff on the catwalk.

Willie Geist, Sports Illustrated

After the previously taped story aired, Willie, reporting from Sochi, redeemed himself a bit.

"I had no business being there," he said with a smile. "I should have been at home with my wife and children."

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