Late night comedienne Chelsea Handler had her team call in “sick” for her just hours before she was set to make an appearance on the TODAY show Nov. 12, but things got fishy when she made her Jimmy Fallon appearance shortly after.
TODAY show hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb were upset that Handler had cancelled, especially after they heard what she had to say about playing hooky on Fallon’s show.
“I wasn’t drunk or anything . . . I literally walked into a shower door this morning. I hit my eye and so everything’s puffy,” Handler, 37, explained. “I couldn’t go with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kota-ba, or whatever her name is.”
Fallon was quick to correct her mispronunciation. “Kot-bee,” he told her.
“That’s good to know. I never thought about it. I just thought, why are there two vowels like that so closely together?” Handler replied.
So naturally, Gifford and Kotb kept things juicy on their show and told their viewers they weren’t happy with Handler’s slam. “She had been sick all night, we were told,” Gifford said on the TODAY show Tuesday. “But we had a feeling something was up.”
And Kotb certainly wasn’t pleased with Handler butchering her name. “Consonants! Two consonants!” she exclaimed. “Wait — just so we’re clear — she wasn’t sick and her eye didn’t look puffy.”
Added Gifford, “I think she’s got some explaining to do.”
Oh, Chelsea. You’re funny. But please stop being a mean girl. It’s so unattractive.