Getting right to the point, People promptly asked about their drinking habits, and how the whole thing got started:
Whose idea was it to booze it up on air?
Kathie Lee: That was Chelsea Handler. She had a book out about vodka.
Hoda: We wanted her to feel at home.
Kathie Lee: Being the good hosts that we are, we had cocktails ready.
Hoda: Vodka cocktails.
Kathie Lee: Lots of ‘em! Now the drinking has gotten completely out of hand. Guests come wanting a drink.
Also revealed in the interview: Kotb’s role model (who also happens to work on “Today”) and the unusual way in which she met her boyfriend:
Hoda, did you worry about your reputation for covering hard news?
Hoda: Yes. I spent my whole career covering news, and now I’m doing this laughing and scratching business? But Meredith Vieira has done both Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and 60 Minutes. Don’t tell her she’s my role model. She’ll be like, “You drink all day! That’s not what I do!”
Hoda has a new man…
Kathie Lee: In a weird way, I hooked her up. I told her to write a book.
Hoda: So I go to my first book signing, and these two girls came up and gave me a piece of paper: 10 reasons you should date our dad. He climed Mount Kilimanjaro. He’s a lawyer. He didn’t know what was going on. He didn’t even know me. They called him, and he came down and asked me out that day. Now I’m dating their dad! [Kotb, who got divorced in “08, has only publicly revealed his first name: Jay.]