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Kathie Lee Can Relate to Gerard Depardieu's Wee Dilemma (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 18th 2011 2:00PM
Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford on 'Today'Garard Depardieu had some trouble holding his bladder on an Air France flight Wednesday, and wound up having to go in a water bottle in front of the passengers and crew. Kathie Lee Gifford said on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) that she could relate, and told her own horror story about having to go on an airplane.

"I will confess," she said, to Hoda Kotb's horror, "one time I was in Norway doing a big Guinness Book of World Records special with David Frost, right? We were in a little, teeny, one-engine plane with one coat -- or one pilot. Five hours to get somewhere. Five hours and no bathroom."

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How to Tell When Hoda Is Trying To Ignore You (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 17th 2011 2:30PM
Hoda Kotb demonstrates her method for ignoring people using headphones on 'Today'When Hoda Kotb doesn't want to talk to someone, she has her methods for getting out of it. On 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), she showed us a couple of them. If Kotb suddenly picks up the phone as you approach and the conversation sounds a little forced, it might be because no one is on the other line. Likewise, when she has her headphones on, she might not be listening to music.

Kotb told the story of being trapped on a plane with a guy who wouldn't stop talking. Though the system was not yet turned on, she put her headphones on, hoping the guy would get the idea. Instead, he put his own headphones on, and when he found they weren't working, he called the attendant, who said the system hadn't been turned on yet. "And I'm so busted," said Kotb, "that I don't know what to do, that I keep, I'm like, 'Mine's on.'"

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'Daily Show' Sends Congress-Approver to Drink with Hoda and Kathie Lee (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 16th 2011 9:05AM
Hoda Kotb & Kathie Lee Gifford, 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'After Congress earned a terrible 14% approval rating by the American public, 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central) correspondent Samantha Bee set out to find one of the elusive people who actually think the legislative branch is doing a good job. She finally found him in the form of James Schmool.

"You know that Congress isn't a water-skiing squirrel, right?" she asked him. But Schmool knew what Congress was, and he not only approved of their performance, he seemed to enjoy everything. He appreciated port-a-potties, 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' and even Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on the set of 'Today.'

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DJ Pauly D Lets Kathie Lee and Hoda Touch His Hair (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 15th 2011 1:20PM
Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford feel DJ Pauly D's hair on 'Today'Blown-out hair, drunken fighting, and dubious romance have been the tent poles of the 'Jersey Shore' phenomenon (not to mention the gym, tanning and laundry). DJ Pauly D talked about two out of three with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) , covering Snooki's love life and his own rock-hard hair.

Gifford mentioned that she had given Snooki some motherly advice to stop giving herself away to so many guys, and asked Pauly if Snooki had taken her words to heart.

Pauly said she had. "Snooki's a real great girl," he said. "I mean, she was looking for the right one, but for a girl, it kind of looks bad when you're looking a lot." Pauly said he wanted to screen Snooki's suitors, because she was "like a little sister to me now." He said he approved of Snooki's current man, and was also looking for a woman of his own.

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Kathie Lee and Hoda Try 'Horsemanning,' The Latest (and Oldest) Web Photo Trend (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 12th 2011 2:15PM
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb try horsemanning on 'Today'First came planking, then owling, now we have "horsemanning," the latest Internet fad where people take photos of themselves made to look like they've been beheaded. Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb talked about the trend on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), and gave it a try themselves.

"'Cuz what's more fun?" said Gifford of the concept of being beheaded. "Nothing," said Kotb. "Nothing. I guess it's like the Headless Horseman. Something like that." Gifford explained that the concept actually started in the 1920s, making it even older than planking, as they showed old photos of people horsemanning.

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Susie Essman Says the Real Larry David Isn't Actually a Pain to Work With (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 11th 2011 2:10PM
Susie Essman talks about Larry David and 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' on 'Today'Shockingly, the real-life Susie Essman said on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) that the real-life Larry David isn't nearly as much of a pain in the butt as his character on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm.' This, despite the fact that the show's annual renewal hinges on David deciding he wants to come back for another season. But Essman is willing to cut 'Curb's' creative genius a little slack on that front.

"You know what, he's really not [a pain]," said Essman. "He's the one that has to come up with these outlines and he's the one that has to do all the work, so he has to decide [to continue the show]." That puzzled Gifford. "How long could it take?" she said, citing a clip where David and Essman argue about dinner. "Larry walks in with a piece of bread and she's unhappy."

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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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Hoda's Boyfriend Brings Her the Perfect Birthday Gift ... Tequila! (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 9th 2011 1:05PM
Hoda Kotb and her boyfriend Jay kiss in celebration of Kotb's 47th birthday on 'Today'Hoda Kotb's boyfriend Jay knows the quickest way to a lady's heart, especially if that lady happens to host the fourth hour of 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC). The smooth talker appeared live on the air Tuesday to toast Hoda's 47th birthday with Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford. And he brought along a bottle of tequila in case the bubbly wasn't enough.

When Gifford asked how happy Jay was on Kotb's birthday, he said, "Pretty happy. Looking forward to 47 more." To start it off with a bang, Jay revealed his present and declared it "Tequila Tuesday." He came prepared with glasses. "We're not doing this," said Kotb. "My mom's watching. Stop."

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Kathie Lee's Unconventional Advice for Dealing With In-Laws Derails 'Today' Segment (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 4th 2011 3:00PM
Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford talk in-laws on 'Today'Susan Swimmer of MORE magazine fielded questions about dealing with your in-laws Thursday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. Needless to say, Gifford has her own advice for the questions, and it wasn't quite as professional-sounding as Swimmer's.

One viewer asked about her mother-in-law's insistence that she have the house professionally cleaned and the cat professionally groomed before she visited. The viewer asked if she were crazy for being offended by that. "Marry an older man," advised Gifford. "His parents are dead."

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Hoda Says a Man's Driving Skills Can Indicate His Skills in Bed (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 4th 2011 1:40PM
Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford on 'Today'If you're a guy and ever have to drive Hoda Kotb somewhere, you may want to be aware that she's judging you. And not just on your driving. Thursday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), Kotb said that how a man drives indicates his skills in bed. And she thinks about it whenever she is driven anywhere.

"If you want to know how a guy is in the sack, watch how he drives a car," she said. "You know the guys who are like, the brake and the gas and the brake and the gas and you're like this, and you're like literally getting whiplash in the car, you're like, please. Or the guys who are, just go in and out of traffic."

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Kathie Lee and Hoda Are 'Girls Gone Latina' with Pitbull and Beto Perez (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 3rd 2011 2:35PM
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb with Pitbull on 'Today'Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb brought a Latin flavor to 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), interviewing rapper and producer Pitbull and dancer-cising with Zumba creator Beto Perez. They talked with Pitbull, co-founder of the Bad Boy Latino label with P-Diddy, about the finer points of creating mega-hit records before putting on their workout clothes and trying to keep up with Perez in an outdoor exercise session.

Pitbull has appeared on a lot of other artists' records, including Marc Anthony and Lil' Jon. Sometimes he writes the entire record, sometimes just his part, and he said he was thankful that big names seek him out. "I don't look at it like they're clamoring to get me on the record, I look at it more like they gave me an amazing opportunity after all these years of hard work," he said. "To me, the secret behind a record is arranging the record and having fun while you're doing it."

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Debt Ceiling Debate and 'Bachelorette' Finale Drive Kathie Lee and Hoda to Drink Cough Syrup (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 2nd 2011 1:45PM
Hoda Kotb watches Kathie Lee Gifford down cough syrup on 'Today'It's only Tuesday, but it's already been a long week for Kathie Lee Gifford. First, there was the debt ceiling standoff in Congress, which Jay Leno joked had driven Gifford and Hoda Kotb to chug cough syrup. Gifford and Kotb obliged on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), showing Leno's monologue clip and sipping on some syrup. And then 'The Bachelorette' finale just made everything worse.

An excited Kotb introduced a clip of Moday's proposal on 'The Bachelorette' while Gifford rolled her eyes and mugged, doing a remarkable impression of Kristen Wiig's impression of her. Gifford narrated over the proposal, "Oh shut up!" The source of Gifford's disgust was that the Bachelorette in question allowed both guys to propose, even though she had made her choice already.

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'Real Housewives' Zarin and Singer Spar Over Alcohol Accusations on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 1st 2011 2:15PM
Ramona Singer and Jill Zarin spar on 'Today' with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda KotbThere was talk of excessive drinking on the fourth hour of 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), and for once, it wasn't centered on Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. Jill Zarin and Ramona Singer of 'The Real Housewives of New York City' appeared on the show, each upset with the other for allegations of alcoholism, in what quickly turned into an uncomfortable segment.

"She keeps inferring that I have a drinking problem," said Singer of Zarin. "You girls like to have a drink now and then, so do I." She then lobbed the same charge right back at Zarin, saying she had heard Zarin was the one with a drinking problem. Zarin denied she did, but said it would be wrong for Singer to talk about it on TV even if it were true.

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Craig Ferguson Talks Possible CBS Game Show, Thin Drew Carey on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 29th 2011 12:25PM
Craig Ferguson on 'Today'On his recent trip to Paris, Craig Ferguson visited with top shoe designer Christian Louboutin, and learned a thing or two about women and shoes. Friday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), Ferguson shared what he learned with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. He also talked about a possible CBS game show and the newly thin version of his old friend Drew Carey.

"He said that when women wear red on the heels of their shoes or the souls of their shoes, it makes them think of wanton sexuality," said Ferguson of Louboutin. "He said it's like sexy underwear. It's like you know it's there even if nobody else does. It's like mmm hmmm. Like the way I'm thinking about my underwear now." That made Gifford curious as to Ferguson's underwear, but he would not provide details. "You don't have to see it," he said, "I just have to know."

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Kathie Lee and Hoda React To Gene Simmons' Proposal (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 28th 2011 12:45PM
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb react to Gene Simmons proposing to Shannont Tweed on 'Today'Last month, it appeared Gene Simmons' relationship with Shannon Tweed was on the verge of ending when the two sparred over Simmons' infidelities on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC). This week, we saw a much more humble Simmons get down on bended knee, proposing to Tweed on 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels.' Thursday on 'Today,' Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb wondered if the couple's appearance on the show had anything to do with the proposal.

They also questioned whether the whole thing had been a set-up to generate ratings for the reality show. "I believe it," said Kotb. "I believe the whole thing." Gifford was suspicious, wondering how the cameras were there to catch the whole thing. Despite the fact that she liked both of them more than she expected, she said, "I don't know what to believe."

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