No Shaking Hands for Hoda Kathie Lee. Bumping Butts Will Have to Do

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By Chris Ariens Comment

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Amanda Ernst, editor of FishbowlNY, was on the FHOTS (Fourth Hour of the “Today” show) this morning as the subject of a Jean Chatzky financial makeover. Last year, Amanda was laid off from a staff job at Condé Nast and began working fulltime freelance for us here at Mediabistro.

On FBNY, Amanda writes about her experience and includes this factoid: “After I was made pretty and mic’d up, I was all ready to be interviewed by Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford. Gifford is not shaking hands anymore because of swine flu, so she wanted to bump butts, which was hard to do while I was sitting down.”

I know what you’re thinking – if Katie Lee is bumping butts how, pray tell, does Hoda introduce herself?