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Kathie Lee and Hoda Train Killer Whales on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 10th 2011 2:45PM
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb train whales on 'Today'By a show of hands, who among you thinks it's a good idea to get Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb together with some killer whales for a training session? We can't see you, but we're guessing anyone with their hand up is not a "safety first" kind of person. Friday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), Gifford and Kotb got to train killer whales, but they did it remotely by TV.

With their images hovering above a whale tank and a little help from an actual whale trainer, Gifford and Kotb got four killer whales to do a few tricks. They spun in a circle and got them to splash and turn. Gifford got a little distracted looking at an image of herself on the screen. "Gee, I need to lose some weight," she said.

The big finale was a touchdown signal that sent the whales swimming in formation before they lept up out of the water together. It's good to know that just like us, whales will do anything they see on TV.

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