March 7, 2012 at 11:59 AM ET
Bad news, beards: New research suggests that women prefer clean-shaven men, and Hoda and Kathie Lee are among them.
The ladies tested the study's mettle by comparing some studly male celebs with and without lip sweaters. The consensus was overwhelming: Brad Pitt, Ashton Kutcher, Ben Affleck, and Jude Law look better without beards. The jury is out on Nick Jonas and Justin Bieber, who have yet to demonstrated the ability to grow facial hair.
Don't cry, lumberjack types: The researchers also found that bearded men tend to command more respect. Well, good news for Zach Galifianakis and old sea captains.
Julieanne Smolinski is a TODAY.com contributor. She will be spending the morning comforting ZZ Top.