Kathie Lee & Hoda: Pope Francis makes right call
Pope Francis wants families to put away the cellphones at mealtimes.
Even the Pope thinks we all need to take our eyes off those cellphones for a change. His Holiness, Pope Francis, said last week that families should ditch their electronics at mealtimes and focus on each other instead.
KLG: I totally agree. In my house we had a tech-free zone at dinner. But that was a few years ago when the kids were just at the beginning of all this cellphone stuff. I can’t even imagine what it’s like for kids today growing up with their cellphones attached to their ears. I used to get up and take a call if it was important, but then the kids would give me such grief for it.
HK: I think it’s interesting that the Pope is addressing this issue. Isn’t that funny?
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KLG: Family is a huge thing with him.
HK: He was already so human and so down-to-earth when he was here in New York and this reemphasizes that he just gets it. He gets what regular families are doing at the dinner table and this is something he feels is important enough to address. I love that he did that. Meanwhile, I don’t make much of an effort to put my phone away when I’m eating with family. I turn it over. It is bad.
Ditch the cellphone and enjoy each other’s company at mealtime.
KLG: I do because my kids don’t live at home anymore so I want to be with them when they’re home.
HK: You know what’s funny? I keep mine nearby, but I don’t like when someone else at the table reaches for their own.
WHY NOT PRAY FOR PARIS?
The terror attacks in Paris were horrible, but what’s also sad is the reaction of some who have slammed people who show their empathy on social media by changing their profile picture or tweeting about their solidarity with the French.
KLG: Let people express themselves.
Some people were criticized on social media for changing their profile picture to show support for Paris.
HK: Why would anyone have a problem with someone posting “Prayers for Paris?”
KLG: I guess because doing so doesn’t change anything in the real world. It just makes us feel good for a moment, but it’s not fixing any of the problems.
HK: Here’s the thing, we don’t have the power to fix the problem. We have the power to elect people who can do that. When you feel helpless you do what you can do. And if you don’t think praying for Paris is helpful, that’s your problem.
The latest commercial for Barbie shows, for the first time, a boy playing with the doll.
BOY ENTERS BARBIE ZONE
There’s a new commercial for Barbie and for the first time, it features a boy playing with the iconic doll.
KLG: It’s OK for boys to play Barbies.
HK: I just think the kid is really cute. I didn’t say, “Wow, what a huge breakthrough.”
KLG: If somebody wants to put a little boy in an ad, it’s fine with me.
Kathie Lee and Hoda want the face of Jennifer Lopez.
FACE IT, THIS IS A MIRACLE
It’s one of the most amazing surgeries ever performed: Patrick Hardison, a firefighter from Mississippi, whose face became disfigured during a rescue attempt, is the recipient of the world’s most extensive face transplant. The 41-year-old now bears the face of a 26-year-old man who recently died in a cycling accident. God forbid if we had to get one, but we know whose faces we’d like to have.
HK: It’s amazing.
KLG: So sad.
HK: It’s incredible. This gave the guy another lease on life. I couldn’t believe what he looks like now.
KLG: If she could pick, Hoda would want J.Lo’s face.
HK: I do want J.Lo’s face
KLG: So do I, we could fight over J.Lo, but really, I would go with my daughter Cassidy’s face. In fact, I would take her body, too.
HK: I guess I have to take J.Lo’s body, too. Damn. All right.
TA-TA TO CHELSEA’S TA-TAS
It had to happen. Chelsea Handler says she’s done taking and posting her naked selfies on social media.
HK: Oh, good. Oh, thank God. We are so tired of seeing her ta-tas. It’s enough.
KLG: She’s evolving. Growing up.
HK: People have asked her to stop and she’s listening? Oh, my God. I didn’t know she listened to the people. Did you?
KLG: Here’s the sad part, no one’s ever even asked me for one. How can I stop if I can’t start?
HK: Please, someone ask!
Say goodbye to Chelsea Handler’s naked selfies on social media.
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This Massachusetts woman is a “Pastafarian” in the “Chuch of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.”
THAT’S USING YOUR NOODLE
A woman in Massachusetts who identifies as a “Pastafarian” in the “Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster” sued the DMV (and won) so she could wear a pasta strainer on her head in her driver’s license photo.
HK: Is she a comedian?
KLG: Now there’s a church I want to join. I bet they have good potlucks.
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