Hoda and Kathie Lee talk with Erin Donovan
by Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY
Chelsea Handler called in sick to her appearance with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on Monday, but managed to be well enough to appear on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
And KLG and Hoda are not too pleased about it.
According to their blog, the E! Chelsea Lately host bailed on the Today fourth-hour gig about an hour and a half before she was scheduled to appear.
"She had been sick all night, we were told," Gifford said today on the air. "But we had a feeling something was up."
Meanwhile, Handler admitted to Fallon, who is good pals with KLG and Hoda, that she hadn't been sick after all.
"I wasn't drunk or anything," Handler said. "I literally walked into a shower door this morning. I hit my eye and so everything's puffy." (You can see how she looks in this photo at last night's Glamour of the Year Awards event.)
She added, "I couldn't go with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kota-ba, or whatever her name is."
"Kot-bee," Fallon said, helping out with the pronunciation.
"That's good to know," said Handler. "I never thought about it. I just thought, why are there two vowels like that so closely together?"
When replaying the tape of the exchange on Today this morning, Kotb was dismayed. "Consonants! Two consonants!" she said. "Wait - just so we're clear - she wasn't sick and her eye didn't look puffy."
"I don't know," she said. "I think she's got some explaining to do."
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