05/24/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Kathie Lee Gifford Calls Joy Behar A "Bitch"

Kathie Lee Gifford may be just a month into her tenure as co-host of the "Today" show's fourth hour, but she's wasting no time in throwing jabs at her morning show competitors. According to Page Six, yesterday at the Friars Club, a legendary home for New York comedians, Gifford called "The View" host Joy Behar a "bitch" and suggested that she was only hosting the event because Behar backed out:

While conducting a Q&A with Fran Drescher yesterday at the Friars Club, where the nasal-voiced actress and her Cancer Schmancer support group were honored, Gifford suggested she'd been grabbed as a last-second replacement for a no-show Joy Behar, blurting to the audience, "Well, this is a nice little surprise . . . I thought I was just coming here to say hello to Fran, wish her well, and Joy Behar, that bitch, didn't show up!" Drescher quickly noted, "Listen, I came on your show. I didn't do 'The View'!"

This is not the first talk-show-host feud Drescher has inspired. In March, Rosie O'Donnell slammed Larry King for his interview with Drescher, in which he mocked her for breaking into Spanish. "Retire already!" O'Donnell said of King.