Bill says that they met for dinner at Malibu and their first date was dinner. According to Bill, they had been planning for the next three-four months. This was our first date. Then, we had our phones out. We were thinking, “In July I gotta get here, maybe you could meet me,” and that was just two hours into our first date. This was absolutely crazy.

When the Italian-born, Washington, D.C.-raised host did finally roll up in his hometown of Chicago, “I rolled out the red carpet,” Bill said on Today.

He remembered that he had a Cubs game and Giordano’s pizza waiting for her at the hotel. “I cooked her dinner. It was great fun. All my friends were there; it was an amazing three days. That was Memorial Day weekend eight years ago. And that was the end of my dating life. It was the end for my relationship world.