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Kathie Lee and Hoda Take Their Moms Bowling (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 19th 2011 12:30PM
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb take their moms bowling on 'Today'Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb will find any excuse to get their moms, Joan Esptein and Sami Kotb, on TV with them. Friday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), it was a some competitive bowling. The team names were fitting -- Kotb and her mom were the Bowling Babes, and Gifford and her mom were the Gutter Gals.

You can't blame Epstein for being a little rusty. "I did bowl when I was a working girl years ago," she said. Working girl? "But we don't talk about that." They got a little help from World Tenpin Masters champion Chris Barnes, but even that couldn't save Gifford and Epstein.

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Kathie Lee and Hoda Ask Their Moms About Plastic Surgery for Seniors (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 10th 2011 4:00PM
Kathie Lee Gifford with her mother, Joan Epstein, on 'Today'We learned quite a bit about Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb's moms Joan Epstein and Sami Kotb on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), perhaps more than we ever wanted to know. The issue of the day was people getting plastic surgery late in life, things like breast implants and surgery to fix erectile dysfunction, and the hosts asked their moms what they thought about the trend.

Still reading? Gifford asked her mom if she would ever consider plastic surgery, and she said no. Then Gifford told her that an 83-year-old woman just got breast implants, and asked if she'd consider that. "I don't need 'em," she said.

Then came the question Gifford couldn't get through without laughing. "What if a man who is having erectile problems," she said, and then stopped for a giggle break, "what about if he could get some relief from that by having some surgery? How would that be, Joanie?"

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