Hoda Kotb had no idea when she and Kathie Lee Gifford joined forces on the fourth hour of the "Today" show that they would become "Saturday Night Live" fodder. But Hoda, who notes she's happier than ever, says bring it on.
"Kath and I, when we started having cocktails on the air, knew it was fun, but we didn't know it was gong to explode into something," Hoda tells me on the set of my HDNet talk show, "Naughty But Nice With Rob." "With her, you never know. I don't know what she is going to say or do, and I live most of the show in terror, in fear that she will ask me about my divorce yet again."
But it's not just Hoda's work life that's skyrocketing. She has found a great guy, Jay, who despite being called her "imaginary boyfriend" on "SNL," is very real and maybe the one.
"He is a sweet guy," Hoda beams. "By the way, when 'SNL' was spoofing the fact that I have a pretend boyfriend, they can scratch my ass. He's a great guy. ... You know that, Rob."
And although Hoda thinks the folks on the 8th floor at the real 30 Rock have their parodies down pat, Kathie Lee has her own opinion of the spoof spots.
"One day they are spoofing the 'Today' show, and you look up and see someone that looks exactly like Kathie Lee, and Kathie goes, 'That's nothing like our show,' and I go, 'That's exactly like watching our show,'" Hoda laughs. "It's our show without changing the script. I always get a kick out of it. I laugh every time they do it."
On Friday, the most-watched morning show in America celebrates its 60th anniversary with a lot of surprises and returning past hosts.
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