Terry Morrow: Sevier County performer Kata Hay takes yodel to Jay, Jimmy

— Sevier County's Kata Hay has been taking her yodeling to Jimmy Kimmel and Jay Leno lately - but it's not anything you'd see at home.

The Dollywood entertainer brought her unusual yelping to the studio audience of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" recently during the non-televised portion of the pre-show.

How did she end up performing for Kimmel's studio crowd? Word got around, apparently, that she was in the audience, and she was pulled on-stage to yodel. According to one source, "the crowd went nuts."

For her efforts, she was awarded an Apple gift card and a "Jimmy Kimmel Live" T-shirt.

After the show, Hay and her husband, Robbie Helton, also of East Tennessee band The Grassabillies, got a special treat when the night's music guest, Huey Lewis and The News, decided to do a full concert.

The next night, Hay and Helton went to a taping of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." When the show found out Hay was in the crowd, she was once again asked to yodel for the audience.

When asked how she felt about yodeling on two of the most famous stages in late-night TV, Hay said, "I felt right at home and can't wait to go back again."

Helton was impressed, too. "Kat really lit the crowd up," he said.

The couple can be seen in front of the camera, too. Though details are sketchy, the two will be taping an installment of the CBS game show "Let's Make A Deal," hosted by Wayne Brady. The air date is yet to be determined. The couple will be in full costume with Helton dressed as a magician and Hay as a bunny rabbit.

The Grassabillies perform all around the Southeast. The group consists of Hay on acoustic guitar, Helton on upright bass and Kenny Bohling on the banjo.

Hay is a five-time international yodeling champion and has become a web sensation with her own Youtube partner channel.

Hush! Vols tight end Mychal Rivera isn't so "Glee"-ful these days.

In fact, he's put a sudden and swift moratorium on talking about his sister, "Glee" actress Naya Rivera, who plays the sinister cheerleader Santana. Oddly, the no-talk decision came rather quickly and seemingly out of the blue. After quickly agreeing to do a brief phoner a week ago about Naya - a conversation approved by the university - Mychal failed to call.

UT sports information officials did not return phone calls about why for more than 24 hours. Then, 48 hours later, an official came back perplexed about why he was not talking, but merely offered he might talk after the season was finished.

Meanwhile, Naya's publicist also has failed to return repeated calls in a quest to secure a couple of quotes about her brother and how proud of him she is. The sudden clamp down comes after Naya, who plays a very popular bisexual cheerleader on the series, allegedly keyed co-star Mark Salling's car in what has been called "a jealous fit," says US Weekly.

Whatever prompted the change of heart, Mychal isn't talking and neither, apparently, is his sister.

Terry Morrow may be reached at morrowt@knoxville.com or 865-342-6445. His blog can be found at http://blogs.knoxnews.com/knx/telebuddy/.

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