By Hoda Kotb.
I was seeing what’s on TV at 11 am, and come to find out Kathie Lee Gifford is back on TV – in the 4th hour of the Today Show. Who knew they had 4 hours? Is this needed? Apparently so. I had never watched Kathie Lee when she was on with Regis, but I like her. A lot.
Her colleague is Hoda. Hoda wrote a book, so I thought I’d check it out from the library. What I learned:
* Jokes that people don’t know how to pronounce her last name, but then doesn’t tell us how to pronounce it.
* She had a whole section on her hair. I skipped this part.
* Apparently the first name of Hoda is VERY common in Egypt. Yell “Hi Hoda” on a street and 12 women will turn. Hoda Kotb is like Jane Smith here in the states. However, I had to laugh, maybe here in the states in the 70’s or 80’s, but now it would be Emma, Bella … Smith.
* She got her first TV gig by interviewing with the news director in Richmond. He looked at her tape for 2 minutes, said she’s NOT ready for his station. But said he had a buddy who might be interested in her [in another city hours away]. So, she got in her car and drove hours to her next interview. that news director looked at her tape for 2 minutes, said she’s NOT ready… but said he had a buddy who might be interested in her [in another city hours away]. She spent 10 days in her car driving around the southeast going from station to station [sleeping in her car]. She went to 27 stations. She ended up getting lost in Greenville, MS [home to ex colleague Jempy] and stopped to ask for directions/get a map. On her way to a gas station, she drove by a TV station and decided to stop in for an interview. She got that job! Persistence paid off. I love this story. On a side note, I was driving thru Mississippi almost 3 years ago and wanted to stop in Greenville for lunch, but they didn’t have a Downtown/City Center sign/exit on the highway, do I didn’t stop.
* when she first traveled to the Middle East on assignment with NBC News, she caused “havoc” at times for inappropriateness in what she wore. Unsure if I’m more surprised that NO one at NBC told her what the appropriate dress is in Middle Eastern countries, or that she spend each summer growing up in Egypt and didn’t know this.