Hoda Kotb has spoken about her battle with breast cancer as well as her relationship with 'Today Show' co-host Kathie Lee Gifford in a revealing new memoir. The 46-year-old presenter's book 'Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer and Kathie Lee', hit shelves yesterday (12 October 2010).
Kotb and Gifford began co-hosting The Today Show's fourth hour together in 2008, and in an excerpt from the book posted on the show's website, Kotb reveals, "Kathie Lee is not a diva. She's always on time and she comes to play. She asks everyone about their family and friends and keeps up with all the happenings. She sings to me every morning when she strolls into the makeup room to the tune of Oklahoma!" However, Kotb says that her relationship with her co-star could be considered 'love hate', saying, "Can Kathie Lee be a pain in my ass? Yes. Some days I want to take her to the mat and stick gum in her hair. But, love her or hate her, Kathie Lee knows how to do live talk television"
As the title suggests, the host also speaks about her battle with cancer in the new memoir. The presenter underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery in 2007 after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Shortly after the 'Today Show' cameras followed her throughout the ordeal, she was given the all-clear.