Cher was honored as an Icon at the Billboard Music Awards over the weekend, where the 71-year-old songstress rocked the stage in classic Cher ensembles, including pasties, lace, leather and her trademark wigs.
KLG: She looked phenomenal!
HK: I didn’t know that it was humanly possible to look like that at any age, let alone at 71.
KLG: Knowing Cher as we do, it would not surprise me to find out that when she knew she was getting the Icon award she said something like: “all right girl, let’s get to it.” Even if she had 5 ounces to lose, she would make sure she didn’t go to that event until she looked like perfect Cher.
HK: It’s also nice to know that if you really want it to happen, it can!
KLG: It reminded me of my mother telling me about when she was trying on a bathing suit years ago — she was in her 40s and there were some teens in the room next to her — and she didn’t want to come out to see herself in the mirror.
Well, the saleslady coaxed her out and my mom just got depressed seeing these little girls in their bikinis. And the lady looks at my mother, puts her arm on her and said: “Oh, we had our turn.” It’s sweet, right?
HK: When was my turn?
KLG: Your turn is now, baby! You never looked so good, Hoda Woman!
IT TRULY IS OUR HOLIDAY
Thursday might be National Wine Day, but around here, we just call that work. Of course we’re behind any day that celebrates the most delicious drink that’s ever been invented — hello, have you ever watched our show? So to properly honor the great grape, we’re playing a little wine word association. (And remember, drink responsibly, you know, like when you’re hosting a national television show).
White, red or rosé?
By the glass or by the bottle?
KLG: Well, you want to open your bottle and share it. Right? That’s what I meant. Write that down.
When is a good time for wine?
KLG + HK: ANYTIME!
Wine before breakfast?
KLG: If you’re on a long flight to, like, Israel or something.
HK: Or if you work on a 10 o’clock show.
KLG: All things in moderation — that’s what we’re supposed to say.
HK: Sometimes we drink before breakfast.
KLG: We have wine before lunch, Hoda.
KLG: Gifft, of course! By the way, we’re bottling our fifth baby now — it’s a white blend called “Bountiful” (available June 1 at Gifftwines.com) and it’s delicious. Hoda, it’s a little sweet, you’ll love it, a really delicious summer wine.
HK: Oh, I can’t wait. Who doesn’t love Gifft?
TERROR HARD TO FATHOM
It’s been a tough few days, taking in the images of the senseless tragedy in Manchester where 22 people — including kids — were killed by a terrorist who targeted crowds leaving an Ariana Grande concert. There’s so much of it that’s difficult to take in — the photos, the stories of the kids at the show and the parents trying to find them and the idea that, well, someone would want to target young people. Like all of you, we’re dealing with the best we can, by staying informed, but also knowing when to turn it off.
KLG: My mom called me — she’s 87 years old — and she was so upset. And I told her what I was doing, thinking about things that were true, kind, good and noble. She was so upset over the fact that there were kids at the concert, you know? But you can’t dwell on that. I pray for the victims, their families and start thinking about the image of the Lord and what he wants us to think of. It’s hard to do it though. You have to train yourself.
HK: Because falling down the rabbit hole is too easy this day — you watch one story, then another, then you click on a link, scroll on Twitter for a while. Before you know it, well, you’ve taken a lot of it in. Probably more than you needed to. It’s important to stay informed, to know what’s going on, but then you have to shut it off.
KLG: What you take in is what comes out. What you ingest becomes you, and you can only watch so much before you can’t function.
HEY, SALMA, THINK PINK
Yes she Cannes! Salma Hayek was spotted in France with a new silver and pink ’do.
KLG: It’s got to be a wig. Or maybe it’s spray on. I can’t tell, but also I don’t care. It’s her head, her hair — she can do what she wants. But I’m not dying my hair pink.
HK: It’s hard to stand out in a sea of famous people at Cannes and she wanted to get noticed. And it worked!
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