Dec. 6, 2012 at 10:30 AM ET
Hoda pulled double duty this morning, joining the early anchors to talk hot topics and defend her right to hit the bottle before noon.
Chatting with Natalie, Al, Savannah and Willie for "Take 3," Hoda weighed in on the Grammy nominations, sang a little Taylor Swift, and defended Carly Rae Jepsen ... but not before catching some heat for her a.m. boozing.
"There's all these hours before 10 a.m., and you have to be sober for all of them," said Savannah.
Willie joked that he was was getting ready to belly up to the bar himself, as he'd be subbing in for Kathie Lee on the fourth hour. The other anchors warned him not to get too wasted and giggly like Anderson Cooper did when he guested.
"He got lit up!" marveled Natalie.
"Three sips," Hoda said, rolling her eyes. "He's a lightweight."
Uh oh. Hope you ate a big breakfast, Willie.
Julieanne Smolinski is a TODAY.com contributor and whose ringtone is "drunk Anderson Cooper giggling."