Kathie Lee Gifford: SNL Skit Isn't "That Funny"

Celebrity News Nov. 16, 2009 AT 1:17PM
Kathie Lee Gifford: SNL Skit Isn't "That Funny" Kathie Lee Gifford: SNL Skit Isn't "That Funny" Credit: Dana Edelson/NBC; Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

Kathie Lee Gifford isn't cracking up over a Saturday Night Live skit that poked fun at her wacky antics as cohost of the Today show's fourth hour.

In the spoof (watch it here), Kristen Wiig portrayed Gifford as a boozy cohost (newcomer Jenny Slate played Hoda Kotb) and made fun of her "Everyone Has a Story" segment, in which Gifford salutes in song ordinary people who have surmounted extraordinary challenges.

When Wiig's Gifford began singing, it upset the members of the Black Eyed Peas (who made a cameo in the skit). Fergie threw a haymaker, Apl.de.ap dropped an elbow and Taboo even beat Wiig's Gifford with his new signature sneakers.

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On the Today show Monday, Gifford squirmed as she watched the clip.

"Everyone seems to enjoy it ... but I don't think it's that funny," she said.

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She got irked when Kotb remarked that Wiig can surprisingly carry a tune. Gifford shook her head emphatically, drawing an audible response from the Today show crew off-camera.

"Oh, it's OK to beat the crud out of me, that's fine," Gifford said. "But when I say I'm sorry, the woman can’t sing' – that’s a problem for you people?!"

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She added, "I think I’m going to sue [Wiig] for ruining my song!"

Before the segment ended, Gifford took a shot at Wiig. "Can't she get another job?" she asked. "Go off and do something else?"

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