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Kathie Lee and Hoda: An Appreciation

With all the shake-ups going on at the Today Show – in case you missed it, Meredith Vieira is leaving and Ann Curry is stepping up to take her place – all I ask is that Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb never, ever split up.

I can’t explain it, but I enjoy watching the fourth hour of the Today Show. I mostly work from home, so I can stop and watch television whenever the mood strikes (which, on some days, is every five minutes). I’ve gotten used to taking a break at 10 a.m. and watching the craziness between KL and Hoda unfold, and despite the fact that Kathie Lee can grate on my nerves and half the time I don’t agree with a word she says, I still have to tune in.

Saturday Night Live, The Soup and who knows what other shows have all made fun of the fourth hour, and usually for good reason. While sometimes Kathie Lee and Hoda cover serious topics, for the most part it’s the fluffy and absurd. Most of the time they’re talking about (or drinking) booze, but earlier this week, the pair discussed a new baby doll that comes with a bra-like contraption that allows the child wearing it to “breast feed” the doll. Kathie Lee was all for it and Hoda was uncomfortable, which is actually the opposite of what I expected. Now, there’s a big discussion on the Kathie Lee and Hoda Facebook fan page, with fans split between both sides. Everyone is pretty adamant about their position and it’s an interesting discussion, one that I’m a bit surprised sprung from the show.

The two have a great chemistry, and while sometimes Kathie Lee crosses the line with her comments toward Hoda (like all the times she brings up her failed marriage), I feel like they really do enjoy each other’s company. Kathie Lee has long served as the crazy co-host, but Hoda has a history of serious journalism behind her, and she’s still a correspondent for Dateline NBC. I’m impressed with the way she’s able to tackle all subjects, as it’s a huge jump between covering unsolved mysteries on Dateline and celebrating Winesday with Kathie Lee.

I suppose I can count the fourth hour as a guilty pleasure, and I’m OK with that. I like the ridiculousness of their segments, and the fact that they participate in stunts like not wearing any makeup on air. For my sake then, please, Kathie Lee and Hoda, don’t get sick of each other or give up wine or do anything else that might jeopardize the fourth hour of the Today Show. I really, really don’t want to have to switch to The View.

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By Catherine

Catherine is a Southern California based freelance writer, whose work has appeared in everything from the New York Times to Entertainment Weekly. The highlight of her life (so far) was being featured on MSNBC for a story she wrote on Hello Kitty wines...she knew one day her love of all things HK would come in handy.

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