Chrissy Teigen teaches Hoda and Savannah to say her last name correctly at the Emmys

Teigen admits the way most people say her last name makes her father "cringe."
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Chrissy Tiegen at the Emmys
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You've probably been pronouncing Chrissy Teigen's name wrong.

In a tweet on Sunday, the model, cookbook author and wife of John Legend clarified that it is actually pronounced "TIE-gen," instead of "TEE-gen," after a user mentioned that most people are probably saying it incorrectly.

And on the Emmy gold carpet Monday night, as Tiegen (accompanied by husband and recent Emmy winner John Legend) gave the lowdown to TODAY's Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb.

"It's 'TIE-gen,'" she told them.

"So what are we going to do here?" wondered Legend.

"I'm going to stick with 'TEE-gen' and my dad will cringe every time," she decided.

In a video she later posted, Teigen did a demo to show fans once and for all how to correctly say it.

Needless to say, people on Twitter were shocked.

One user pointed out that the star often says her name incorrectly, something she readily confessed to doing.

"I know. I even correct people when they say it correctly. it’s all v effed up," Teigen responded.

No matter how you say it, Teigen is cool with it.

"I don't correct people, ever," she tweeted. "They can call me Janet and I won't. Wrong order? I'll eat it. Taxi going to the wrong airport? I'll change my flight."

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