WASHINGTON, June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Each morning, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb invite viewers nationwide into their lives, and together they bring the fun and sass back to daytime television. In the June/July issue of AARP The Magazine, the dynamic duo dish about their on-camera quirks, a mutual love of wine and the joy of being themselves on national television. They also open up about the genesis of their friendship and how it has reshaped their lives.
The following are excerpts from the June/July issue of AARP The Magazine cover story, available in homes June 3rd and online NOW at www.aarp.org/magazine.
On giving TODAY a fourth hour makeover
Hoda Kotb: "[When it first launched in 2007] It was a bore. It needed a spark plug."
Kathie Lee Gifford: "It needed trouble!"
HK: "[Kathie Lee] changed the room the minute she got there. People were laughing."
On returning to television
KLG: "It's so hard to find magic the first time. To think it could happen twice?"
On the genesis of their friendship
KLG: "I only knew the Dateline Hoda, but I had lunch with the happy hour Hoda. I loved her! [I said] You're the kind of person I'd be friends with for the rest of my life."
KLG: "I thought my heart didn't have any more room for more people. I felt I didn't have enough time for the friends I already had. But if I hadn't made room for Hoda, I would have missed out on one of the great blessings of my life."
HK: "I say thank you to Kathie Lee all the time. Before her, I'd still be doing what I was doing and not know what I was missing. My life would be half as full."
On their show's uniqueness
HK: "Our show is a place to forget your troubles."
KLG: "We don't take ourselves seriously. If we're having fun, our audience has fun. Fun is contagious."
KLG: "Everybody started wanting cocktails, and we couldn't be rude."
HK: "[The wine] is a prop as much as anything, but it invites you to the party."
On maintaining a sunny disposition
HK: "… you either look for potholes everywhere, or you realize your life has margins, and you stop wasting time."
KLG: "If you have a pulse, you have a purpose. Every morning, before I get out of bed now, I take my pulse. If I have one, that means that God's not finished with me yet. I still have work to do on this planet."
On finding love again
HK: "I'm a believer that the next great love can be around the corner. Anderson Cooper's mom [Gloria Vanderbilt] once said, 'I love falling in love.' That totally lit me up. I really want to meet the right guy for me."
For the complete interview, along with behind the scenes video, check out http://www.aarp.org/magazine/.
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