In honor of the fourth-hour’s 600th episode, USA TODAY interviewed Hoda and Kathie Lee about how the show came about and their experiences working together. The dynamic duo discussed a wide range of topics, including their professional history, a love of wine, and of course, their on-screen chemistry:
"I'm lucky I'm confident enough not to get a complex" about the jousting, Kotb says.
"We have a great affection and respect for each other," Gifford insists. "Otherwise, the teasing comes off as mean-spirited. We really love each other as friends."
"It's true," chimes in Kotb, who, every Wednesday, lunches with Gifford and catches a Broadway matinee with her. She also has been a guest at Gifford's Nantucket house.
Still, "the alcohol helps," Kotb says.