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Blake Shelton Meets His Doggy Namesake

The Daily Treat: Blake Shelton Meets His Doggy Namesake on Today

Originally posted 09/26/2013 12:40PM

It wasn't quite like the first time he laid eyes on singers Austin Jenckes or Holly Henry on The Voice, but another face-to-face meeting got Blake Shelton fired up Wednesday: his official introduction to Hoda Kotb's dog, also named Blake Shelton, on Today.

"I love him. I've seen so many pictures of him that I feel like I know him," the country singer told Kotb, as he snuggled with the pooch in a chair beside her.

Kotb adopted the black and white cockapoo in March after a segment on rescue dogs. A few days later, Shelton called into the morning show and convinced Kotb – who has been open about having a celebrity crush on the singer – to name the dog after him.

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Hoda Kotb: 'My Next Great Love is Around the Corner'

Hoda Kotb: 'My Next Great Love is Around the Corner'

Originally posted 06/14/2013 11:10AM

Breaking up is hard to do, but Hoda Kotb is back in the dating game.

Having been linked to lawyer Jay Blumenkopf, the NBC star went so far as to say on Bethenny Ever After in February 2012 that Blumenkopf was "the real thing."

Only the real thing didn't last.

"You know what, I was with someone for two years," Kotb, 48, tells PEOPLE. "Now I'm getting back in the groove. It's really fun again."

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Bathing Suit-Clad Kathie Lee Gifford & Hoda Kotb Talk Spicing Up Today

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Kathie Lee Gifford & Hoda Kotb on Bringing Trouble to Today

Originally posted 06/04/2013 09:45AM

They were an unlikely pair at first: serious Dateline reporter Hoda Kotb and performer Kathie Lee Gifford, who shot to fame as Regis Philbin's morning chat show partner of 15 years.

Combined, the co-anchors have energized the once-stale fourth hour of the Today show since 2008. The chatty hosts drink wine, dish on celebs (and themselves) and share heartfelt girlfriend wisdom to a growing group of fans.

Their partnership is chronicled in the June-July issue of AARP The Magazine, which has the supportive TV colleagues appearing on the cover in bathing suits and wide grins.

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Cyndi Lauper's 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun' Turns 30 in Star-Studded Video

Cyndi Lauper's Big Surprise as 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun' Turns 30

Originally posted 06/03/2013 12:25PM

Cyndi Lauper has plenty to celebrate – and she's not doing it alone.

Not only is the singer-songwriter Tony-nominated for her critically acclaimed score to the best-musical contender Kinky Boots, but she's also marking the 30th anniversary of the monster hit that first put her on the map, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," which she released in 1983.

To celebrate? She was totally surprised by the Kinky Boots ensemble. After quietly securing permission from Lauper's manager and her record company, Sony Music, they assembled this performance music video (see below) of Lauper's signature number.

"It's so sweet, I'm crying," Lauper, 59, during a quick break from rehearsal Monday, told PEOPLE of her reaction to what was done – and about those who participated. She first saw the video Sunday night, before it was posted to YouTube.

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Kathie Lee Gifford Drops Puppy on TV, Is a 'Wreck'

Kathie Lee Gifford Drops Puppy on TV, Is a 'Wreck'

Originally posted 10/12/2012 01:20PM

Things usually get slippery on the fourth hour of Today, but even Kathie Lee Gifford is feeling shaky after Thursday's episode.

In a segment featuring adoptable rescue dogs, the morning show's co-host picked up one of the visiting pooches.

"Oh, puppy needs a bath-y," Gifford remarked, before the dog quickly tumbled out of her arms.

Gifford's fourth-hour partner, Hoda Kotb, backed away from the scene just as quickly, saying, "Puppy took a nose dive-y!" Gifford apologized profusely to the dog as she picked it up again to comfort it after the fall.

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Ann Curry May Leave Today – Who Should Succeed Her?

Originally posted 06/21/2012 03:35PM

Is Ann Curry leaving the Today show?

According to a The New York Times report (citing unidentified parties involved in the negotiations), Matt Lauer's latest co-host may soon find herself off the popular morning show and into a new job at the network as a foreign correspondent.

An official announcement is reportedly expected before the start of the summer Olympics next month.

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Hoda Kotb Nervous Having Her Boyfriend Meet Her Family

Hoda Kotb Nervous Having Her Boyfriend Meet Her Family

Originally posted 06/22/2011 02:00PM

Even at 47, Hoda Kotb was anxious about bringing her boyfriend home to meet the family.

"I was a little nervous, I have to say! 'Cause it doesn't matter your age. You're still bringing your boyfriend home to meet your mom, and it's still weird," the Today co-host told PEOPLE Tuesday at the Women of Concern Awards luncheon in New York.

It all went well, though. Asked what her family liked most about her boyfriend – reportedly a Boca Raton lawyer named Jay Blumenkopf – Kotb replied: "I think the way he cares about me, probably. You know when you watch someone care about someone you care about. It's just so nice."

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Who Should Replace Meredith Vieira on Today?

Meredith Vieira: Who Should Replace Her on Today?

Originally posted 04/06/2011 02:30PM

Who would you like to wake up to in the morning?

With Meredith Vieira reportedly considering leaving the Today show when her contract is up in the fall, the obvious next question is: Who should replace her.

Veteran Today anchor Ann Curry seems like a serious contender for the gig. Having been the show's news anchor since 1997, Curry has paid her dues and is a familiar face to viewers. As the host of Dateline NBC and often a fill-in anchor on NBC Nightly News, Curry certainly has the chops for the job.

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Today Show Helps Son Honor His Parents

Originally posted 09/29/2008 11:15AM

The Today show helped make a dream come true Monday morning, when Lance Carr of Colorado got a phone call from the program's fourth-hour hosts, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb.

Carr, who, since the age of 10 months has had a rare form of muscular dystrophy, is the first winner in the show's "Everyone Has a Story" contest in which entrants sent essays telling their story, explaining what makes it special. The prize? A chance to have his story to told on the air – and have a brand new song, inspired by the tale, written and performed by a Broadway star.

As Gifford said of 38-year-old Carr – who wrote in to say that his father Larry is his hero – his disease renders him unable to move any part of his body except for his thumbs, making him completely dependent upon his parents.

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