The fourth hour of the “Today” show had lots of fun and interesting angles on Thursday. Not only did Kathie Lee Gifford co-host with her mom Joanie Epstein – a last-minute sub for Hoda Kotb, who was on jury duty — but Gifford got to interview her old friend Regis Philbin. Philbin was on to promote his book, and he told Kathie Lee and Joanie what life has been like since he left “Live! With Regis and Kelly.” He’s enjoyed the Kelly Ripa-hosted episodes of “Live!” he’s seen since his departure and seems to be keeping himself extremely busy. Oh, and Reege kept referring to Kathie Lee’s absent co-host as “Koda.”
After the interview, Joanie and Regis took part in a game called “Who Knows Kathie Lee Best?” which reminded us of the chaotic quizzes that Regis used to have on “Live,” mainly because Regis would immediately flub an answer then complain that the game was rigged. You can’t teach an old dog a new shtick, know what we mean?