Who would have ever guessed all the way back in 2008 that Today show cohosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford would make it to their 10-year anniversary as the show’s fourth-hour stars? It’s a milestone that many of us may not have seen coming and yet, now that it has finally arrived, it really something to marvel at. All of the cheeky interviews, the “fun mom”-style banter and let’s not forget the wine. What’s not to love about these two?
Fans of Kotb and Gifford will be pleased to know these women celebrated their 10-year anniversary in style. Thanks to Entertainment Tonight and Kotb and Gifford’s joint Instagram account, we got an insider’s look at who was present for the celebration at the Rainbow Room in New York City as well as all of the wine that was there for celebratory consumption.
At one point, Kotb actually took a moment with Entertainment Tonight to tally just how many glasses of wine she and partner-in-crime Kotb have likely consumed on air over the last 10 years. “OK, so it’s 365 days, times 10 years, is 3,650 glasses,” Kotb noted, taking a tally aloud, “but we’re only on Monday through Friday!” We’ll just have to fudge the numbers a little bit, but that’s a lot of wine no matter which way you cut it. How were these seasoned pros able to drink that much during a broadcast?
Gifford actually has the 411 on how she and Kotb were able to do their jobs with all of that tempting vino so close by. “Most of the time it sits there, we take a little sip once in a while,” she explained. “It’s not what we do all day long, every day. I don’t know what people think, but that’s sort of what’s out there. That’s ridiculous. We are trained professional people, OK?”
Gifford’s not wrong about that. She and Kotb have become the best of friends over the years and they’ve been through quite a lot together. Sure, 10 years can fly by, but taking a step back to reflect on all of the highs and lows that have happened in those 10 years no doubt makes you happy that you had a close work friend to go through all of it with you. Kotb and Gifford have had their fair share of wacky, weird and sometimes awkward but memorable moments while cohosting Today‘s fourth hour.
This 10-year anniversary is also a testament to how much Kotb and Gifford get along and enjoy working together. Considering the various faces that have come and gone on Today in that time, the fact that Kotb and Gifford are still happily working together goes to show that their chemistry and on-air repartee has been fortunate.
Let’s raise a glass to Kotb and Gifford. Ten years down, and who knows? Maybe we’ll get another 10 years with them on our TV screens (we can only hope!).