The hilarious morning show duo sound off about Clooney finally settling down

By Emma Tyler
May 02, 2014 11:15 AM
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Were you a little disappointed when you heard George Clooney was officially off the market? Well, you’re not the only one.

TODAY show hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb admit that they were not thrilled when they heard the news of the movie star’s engagement.

“We were a little bitter,” says Kotb, 49, of Clooney no longer being available. “He’s the one that you go ‘Maybe.’ I know it’s highly unlikely and the chances are miniscule. But maybe. It’s like winning the lottery.”

“I’m supposedly happily married,” jokes Gifford. “But Hoda has given him a glance or two.”

Gifford, 60, did applaud Clooney’s lady love Amal Alamuddin for not agreeing to go out with him the first time he asked.

“I would have gone out with him on the first breath,” says Kotb. “But she was smart, she played it just right.”

The pair – who were at the T.J. Martell Foundation’s Women of Influence Awards in NYC on Thursday where breast cancer survivor Kotb was being honored – insist that hope is not lost for single women everywhere.

“Well, 50 percent of marriages end in divorce,” says Kotb with a laugh. “So just wait it out.”

“And Prince Harry became available,” says Gifford. “So it was a win/lose week.”

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