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Willie Geist gets a classic Fourth Hour welcome (but declines to spank KLG)

Oct. 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM ET

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Willie Geist, BFF to both Kathie Lee and Hoda, joined the ladies this morning on the heels of his big announcement -- he's officially joining the TODAY show as co-anchor of the 9 a.m hour.

The ladies toasted him with a HUGE goblet of wine, and he joked about bringing Winesday Wednesday to the third hour. Willie also promised that he would "stoop" to visiting them occasionally.

Then he made fun of KLG's sporty trousers, which are the same waist-nipping Lysse velvet shapewear pants she wore earlier in the week and has basically refused to take off since. Willie said that she looks like she's about to mount Seabiscuit, so KLG invited him to spank her to test their tensile strength.

With dignity, Willie declined. "I'm not going to start my first day at the TODAY show that way," he said. Now that's integrity.

Julieanne Smolinski is a TODAY.com contributor who can't say no to Kathie Lee.

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