Carson Daly criticized for being insensitive to infertility problems

Comment came after Jenna Bush Hager's announcement

By Lisa Respers France, CNN
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Carson Daly

(CNN) - Carson Daly has clarified what he meant by joking about "baby making juice" in the wake of accusations that he's insensitive to the struggle of infertility.

It all started Monday after Jenna Bush Hager announced on the "Today" show that she is expecting.

The "Today" correspondent and daughter of former President George W. Bush said she had shared the news with her two daughters by putting something in their Easter baskets.

Later she did a gender reveal to share the news she is having a boy and mentioned that she and her husband had some fertility issues with one of her daughters.

"Today" meteorologist Dylan Dreyer also shared about her struggle with secondary infertility and a recent miscarriage as part of National Infertility Awareness Week.

So it didn't go over too well with some when Daly posted on his official Instagram about his "Today" co-workers' blossoming family news. Hoda Kotb also announced last week that she had adopted a second daughter.

Daly put up a picture of a "Today" mug with arrows pointing to the contents, which were listed as "baby making juice."

"If you've ever wondered what's in our @todayshow you know!!" the caption read. "Congrats to @hodakotb @jennabhager! I go away for a week & the family grows..God bless us all! I better watch my mug."

He was accused in the comments of making light of how difficult it can be to get pregnant and carry to term.

Daly insisted he wasn't making a statement about the ease of getting pregnant and praised Dreyer.

"More that I left for a few days & 2 colleagues announced pregnancies," he responded to one of the comments. "Dylan's article is amazing and I love her to death!"

For her part, Dreyer appeared on "Today" with her husband, Brian Fichera, and her fertility specialist. She said she was happy for Bush Hager.

"My sadness doesn't take away from anyone else's happiness, and my sadness isn't minimized because someone has a sadder situation," Dreyer said.

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