TODAY | April 05, 2013
>>> "today" on this friday, a big celebration. five years ago i would never dream i would be putting on a dog suit again and begging to be liked and there's no one i would rather be sitting next to than my good friend, hoda-woman.
>> we've been through a lot together, revealing our makeup-stripped faces to revealing our true weight for all to see. i get to wake upperry morning knowing i'm going to sit next to my good friend, kathie lee .
>> that's the way we roll. let's look at our last five years.
>> this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb .
>> probably the first show was going to be a life-changing day for me. i didn't know it at the time. but it really was going to change the whole way my life would go.
>> here's a little welcoming kit and in it --
>> i had no idea what i signed up for.
>> that's not olive oil , honey, that's cuervo.
>> i would say a year. who would never think of it. a post menopausal woman and an egyptian journalist.
>> oh, those two things belong together.
>> i look at hoda and i go, ha.
>> we are the news. nobody thinks of me as a news person.
>> we'll give you a doggie treat. i've been an entertainer since the day i was born. i came out of the womb putting on a show.
>> now bark!
>> i have my journalistic standards.
>> i was like the news girl, i had the news corset tight, tight around me. i was very serious. i was so worried about the planning of the show, i wasn't paying attention to who was sitting right next to me. and hoda said you've got to get rid of those cards.
>> i took the cards like this kind of wind gust , cards go flying and they go trickling down. i remember watching our whole show, it was like oh my god, we don't know what is going on.
>> once we got rid of those cards and hoda and i started having fun .
>> oh, my gosh!
>> that's what makes the show so crazy. and off the chain. and ridiculous. is because with her, you don't know ha she's going to say. dirty bits
>> kathie lee apologizes now for what she said, what she's saying and what she's bound to say next.
>> please, please like us. do you want big boobs ? go through menopause. there are certain things that i could have never discussed with rege that i can discuss with hoda. fat guys make better lovers, i've known that. kathie lee has a way of asking you something spot-on and you just answer it and you go, oh my god.
>> which one are you, missy?
>> i'm the landing strip . you asked and i answered.
>> have you ever --
>> had a one-night? no.
>> wine plays an important role in many relationships, especially ours. the drinking caused the bonding.
>> so raise your glasses.
>> four glasses of wine and three boxes.
>> can i talk to you -- ?
>> can i touch your sweet spot ?
>> did i get yours?
>> you know i can't find mine. raise your glass hey, i heard you were a wild one
>> i love a good rap song. my favorite part of my ihoda playlist is watching the horror next to me. don't stop the party
>> she only likes her own songs.
>> it was called " love never fails " she made me happy that day. and she showed my video. i was happy. i haven't been happy since.
>> with kathie, every day we end up having some kind of adventure.
>> let's do it, hoda-woman.
>> the day we dressed up like lucy and ethel is unforgettable, we were out on the plaza stomping grapes and we looked just like them.
>> or the day we had beyonce's mom on the show. the doors flung open and it was beyonce on the show. it was just so cool.
>> you continue to mock our show.
>> have you seen your show?
>> it's an easy thing to sort of dismiss. what hoda and i do. it seems kind of silly on a daily basis.
>> but it means something to people.
>> you don't know --
>> the best gift of the fourth hour is the laughter. you never know what's going to happen. i am a fan
>> i've got a front seat to the best show on earth.
>> the number of blind hugs i get on the street, i'll take any day. you become their friend and it's a tremendous responsibility when they love you enough to allow you into their heart. every day i need my hoda fix.
>> probably her best trait is her incredible comedic timing. there's nobody funnier.
>> she makes me laugh just as much. not telling jokes, but just who she is. she's one of the most joyful people i've ever known. she has a way of bringing out the best in the person sitting next to her and lucky for me, i'm the one sitting next to her.
>> we're salt and pepper , oil and vinegar. chardonnay and pinot noir . no, actually pinot grigio , and pinot noir , there you go, baby.
>> oh, my gosh! that was great.
>> i want to think britney and emily.
>> you guys -- come here. come out for two seconds. they worked so hard on this.
>> oh, my gosh, you guys.
>> thank you, brit, love you, love you.
>> it's very, very sweet.
>> here's to five more years!
>> whatever god will give us.
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