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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Kathie Lee Gifford Not Shaking Hands Anymore, Bumping Butts Instead

FishbowlNY editor Amanda Ernst appeared on the "Today" show Monday morning and wrote about the experience for her blog.

The most interesting detail? Kathie Lee Gifford — who co-hosts the fourth hour, when Ernst appeared — is no longer shaking hands, preferring instead to "bump butts."

Ernst writes:

After I was made pretty and mic'd up, I was all ready to be interviewed by Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford. Gifford is not shaking hands anymore because of swine flu, so she wanted to bump butts, which was hard to do while I was sitting down.

The ladies of "The View" recently had a similar discussion about how to greet guests without contracting swine flu, which led to Joy Behar planting a surprise kiss on Whoopi Goldberg's lips.

Earlier this year, the "Today" show canceled its planned vacation series over fears related to the swine flu outbreak.

Watch Ernst's appearance below: