Memo to Chelsea Handler: If you’re going to bail on Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb at the 11th hour and lie about it, don’t go flaunting the deed on another national television show just hours later.
On Monday, Handler canceled her morning appearance with the ladies about an hour and a half before she was scheduled to appear.
“She had been sick all night, we were told,” Gifford said Tuesday. “But we had a feeling something was up.”
Instead, Handler appeared on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” where she admitted she hadn't been sick after all.
“I wasn’t drunk or anything,” she said, before providing an explanation.
“I literally walked into a shower door this morning. I hit my eye and so everything’s puffy,” Handler said. “I couldn’t go with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kota-ba, or whatever her name is.”
“Kot-bee,” Fallon said, helping Handler out with the pronunciation.
“That’s good to know. I never thought about it. I just thought, why are there two vowels like that so closely together?” Handler said.
Flash to an incredulous-looking Kotb.
“Consonants! Two consonants!” she said. "Wait – just so we’re clear – she wasn’t sick and her eye didn’t look puffy.”
“I don’t know," she said. "I think she’s got some explaining to do.”