One would think that the Chelsea Lately host would be eager to hang with Kotb and Gifford, who host TODAY's fun, often-booze-fueled fourth hour. Prior to her Monday, Nov. 12 appearance on the show, however, Handler -- via her team, of course -- called in sick.
Just a few hours later, though, the comedienne seemed to be feeling well enough to stop by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon -- where she revealed that she hadn't been sick at all.
"I wasn't drunk or anything . . . I literally walked into a shower door this morning. I hit my eye and so everything's puffy," Handler, 37, explained. "I couldn't go with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kota-ba, or whatever her name is."
Jimmy Fallon was quick to correct Handler's mispronunciation. "Kot-bee," he told her.
"That's good to know. I never thought about it. I just thought, why are there two vowels like that so closely together?" Handler replied.
Needless to say, Gifford, 59, and Kotb, 48, were not pleased.