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Bill Rancic says dating future wife Giuliana was not easy: 'I was rejected!'

April 15, 2013 at 9:57 AM ET

Bill and Giuliana Rancic have gone through more highs and lows in the past two years than many married couples ever have to deal with: A double mastectomy when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, and the birth of their son Edward Duke via surrogacy in 2012. But based on their first date, it all could have gone a very different way.

"I tried to make the first move," recalled Bill during a visit to with TODAY's Natalie Morales on Monday. "And I was rejected!"

"That was one of my rules -- no kiss for at least three dates," said Giuliana. "I didn't want to be the 'kissing bandit.'"

Fortunately, everything is now relatively smooth sailing (the twosome married in 2007), except when the phone rings -- Giuliana admitted she doesn't like to pick up, not knowing what the doctors might tell her next. "Bill takes the call," she said. "You never know what you're going to hear on the other end of the line, but Bill took the call and everything was fine."

The pair also showed off some photos of little Duke, largely featuring Bill toting him around. "Bill is a baby hog!" cried Giuliana. "He's in every picture, I'm in none.... I'm Bigfoot in our house -- there are two pictures of me ... and they're both blurry."

But clearly they love spending time together, because now they're hosts of NBC's new reality dating series "Ready for Love." And while the show's only been on a few weeks so far, they're ready to make a prediction: "We're predicting two of the three guys get married by the end of the show," said Bill.

And maybe there's something to that -- after all, the Rancics know a thing or two about beating the odds. "Ready for Love" airs on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.

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