Mary Higgins Clark should consider adding Kathie Lee and Hoda in her next mystery.
We love having Mary Higgins Clark on our show. She’s the best! And she works harder than anyone else we know. This week the 88-year-old author published her latest mystery, “As Time Goes By,” about a news reporter seeking her birth mother while covering the trial of a woman accused of murder. But what really freaked us out is when we asked her about setting one of her best-sellers on our show. She called it “Come to the Table,” and it involved some funky Gifft wine and Hoda looking for doughnuts at the catering table but stepping on our dead producer’s squishy hand instead. Creepy.
KLG: She is one of our favorite ladies. And she’s so incredibly productive!
HK: How about how she thought of “Come to the Table” so quickly? We just asked and she’s already got the plotlines — a producer is getting stabbed under the table and I step on her squishy hand. Kath, do you think she’ll do a book about us? Oh my God.
KLG: Hoda wants to be in a book now. No! She has better things to write about.
HK: You know who she always mentions in her books? My friend Jimmy Neary! She always sets something at Neary’s restaurant on E. 57th St., which is Hoda and my favorite place to get lamb chops.
KLG: I’ve already been killed, by the way. Regis killed me on that show “Diagnosis Murder” in 1998. So it’s time for me to kill Hoda.
HK: Kath would definitely be the killer.
KLG: Or we can both kill Regis!
HK: But how would it happen is the question.
KLG: Poisoned wine, of course.
HK: Mary (Higgins Clark) suggested that one glass of wine would be blood, another poison.
KLG: I have a feeling she’s done some kinky things in her life. People don’t just come up with stuff like that out of nowhere!
The Internet went bonkers when Justin Bieber revealed his new hairstyle.
CAN ‘DO JUST AS HE LIKES
Justin Bieber got new hair and the Internet went crazy. The Biebs debuted his new dreadlocked look on stage at the iHeartRadio awards.
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HK: I don’t understand how he created those so quickly. I thought dreadlocks took time and work.
KLG: I know nothing about them. But we have a theory that they’ve been applied, like extensions.
Oprah on the $ 10 bill? Don’t rule it out.
KLG: I think Justin likes to keep himself at the forefront of the conversation.
HK: I think Kath is right. He likes to keep things fresh, he’s always doing something that gets people talking. And I don’t find the hair the least bit offensive. Just obviously has an eclectic group of friends, he hangs around with people of different ethnicities, and I’m sure his friends don’t care. And I don’t know why anyone else would.
10 BUCKS SAYS IT IS OPRAH
We’re placing our bets for the lucky lady who will adorn the newly redesigned $ 10 bill. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is supposed to make an announcement soon — he’s been promising since last year! — but before he does, we want to make it very clear that we’ve got some favorites. And we aren’t even recommending that he use our faces, although, Mr. Lew, if you’re reading, feel free to throw us on a coin or something.
KLG: I think it’s going to be Amelia Earhart.
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HK: Or Oprah!
KLG: What? Come on, Hoda.
HK: I’m sorry, but after the musical everyone finally knows who Alexander Hamilton is.
KLG: Yeah, it’s bad timing. Does Lin-Manuel Miranda know about all this? He isn’t going to be happy.
HK: Why don’t they replace the $ 100 instead? Who is on that one?
KLG: I’d like Harriet Tubman or Susan B. Anthony on the new note. Not Earhart, hers didn’t end so well. Let’s go with somebody who lived to see her success.
HK: I told you. Oprah!
KLG: Gayle King.
HK: Exactly. And Oprah. Done. You’re welcome, Mr. Lew.
‘IDOLS’ WE LOVED
After 16 seasons, “American Idol” is coming to an end. We’ve loved some of the talent that’s come from the show. It’s pretty incredible to think that Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and Fantasia Barrino all came off the show.
KLG: Carrie Underwood is my favorite.
HK: I like Carrie and Kelly (Clarkson).
KLG: Daughtry is amazing too. They really had some talented people.
100 YEARS. A PIECE OF CAKE
Beverly Cleary, the beloved children’s book author, turns 100 years old on Tuesday, and she tells The Washington Post she’ll be celebrating with minimal fuss and a piece of carrot cake.
KLG: And you don’t really need to use your teeth for carrot cake! Unless there are nuts. You’ll notice as we get older, if it requires chewing, we’re out. I’m kdding, I’m kidding.
HK: That’s why wine is great for people of all ages.
KLG: Those Ramona books were very cute. All of Cleary’s kids were a little naughty, but never mean. And fun! I read all those books with my daughter Cassidy.
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