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Kathie Lee and Hoda are holding down the fort (but also trashing it)

July 25, 2012 at 10:59 AM ET

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With most of the TODAY team in London, it's chaos in the studio. And when the cat's away, the mice will do their own hair and makeup and take over the news desk.

Al, Savannah, Natalie and Matt are all in London for the Olympics, so Hoda pulled an early shift and sat in on some of the morning hours. But Kathie Lee wasn't going to let Hoda get away with being too serious and Emmy-winning. She popped up, rocking her glasses and a glass of wine, and pretended to touch up Hoda's foundation. "Hair in makeup's in London, I've gotta help," she explained.

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"How did you leave me and Kathie Lee in charge in here?" Hoda asked Matt. "We're trashing this joint."

"It was a moment of insanity," admitted Matt.

Tune in on Friday, when the ladies will be heralding the opening ceremonies live from the plaza in an Olympic-themed hour. As an added bonus, they'll be in what Kathie Lee describes as "the world's ugliest track suits." You won't wanna miss it!

Julieanne Smolinski is a TODAY.com contributor who is now hard at work on a script for Risky Business 2.

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