Terry Morrow: Teetotaling Kathie Lee, Hoda pull out stops for 'Today' visit to UT

Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford make a stop at the University of Tennessee today for their fourth hour of "Today."

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Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford make a stop at the University of Tennessee today for their fourth hour of "Today."

What do Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford have up their sleeves for their visit here Monday?

A University of Tennessee official says the fourth hour of "Today" (airing 10 a.m. Monday, WBIR, Channel 10) — broadcasting live from Ayres Hall — will be very student-centic.

The segments will be tailored as such: an "Ambush Makeover" with Louis Licari("La, La, La, La, La, La") and Jill Martin; A look at student life and a tailgating tips.

Correspondent Sara Haines, who rallied the students a couple of weeks ago, is returning. Maybe she'll even wear her check-patterned orange-and-white overalls.

UT officials met with "Today" producers last week and told them about the underage drinking incident on campus, where a student consumed alcohol rectally and was sent to a hospital in critical condition.

Kotb and Gifford, who often sip wine during their weekday morning show, will be "very sensitive" to the incident. They are aware UT is a dry campus, too.

By deadline, other segments were still being worked out. "Today" did reach out to Dolly Parton about making an appearance, but she declined.

She is in Los Angeles currently working on her latest book project, due in November.

Rising country star Kip Moore will perform. He has played Knoxville recently at the Tennessee Valley Fair.

The general public is invited to attend the broadcast, though parking will be difficult. No parking is available near Ayres Hall, and other parking on campus will be hard to find, UT says.

Around 75 chairs will be available. The rest of the audience will be standing.


Actor Kevin James will headline the 2012 Variety — The Children's Charity of Eastern Tennessee benefit at Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 & IMAX in Turkey Creek tonight.

Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or morrowt@knoxville.com.

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Comments » 2

leon writes:

A little inconvience like having no place to park and having to walk miles to fight for a place to stand during the performance will NOT keep me from being there to watch these beauties use wine.

I think that I will camp out overnight so I will get in line for tomorrow morning...Oh....wait....

Kasey writes:

It is bad timing with the alcohol incident, but hopefully this could be something good for UT. I've never seen the 4th hour of Today because like most of us work during the day. I've never particularly liked Kathie Lee, but I like Hoda, and maybe together they are good. Love the checkered overalls and Smokey.

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