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it's crazy, right? >> she works at it, don't you? >> i work hard. you wouldn't believe how hard i work at it. we'll talk about it. >> yes. she just released a new album that's fantastic, filled with love songs. different kinds of love songs. it's interesting. she recently celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary to carl. she married him all over again. we'll talk about that. then she's going to sing for us in a bit. then we'll catch up with one of the goldeob robot." grace gummer. she's excellent in her role. it's no surprise, she's the >> meryl's got talented kids. daughter of meryl streep. and to "hot wives of orlando." casey wilson is always making us laugh. now she's in "one mississippi." she's going to tell us about that. somebody called dom. >> d-o-m. >> can we do words of wisdom, please?
ready, dolly? >> every week, hoda calls it wednesday, call it hump day -- >> yeah. two humps. [ laughter ] >> yes. this is what we do. we get in the groove. >> i do "words of wisdom" and quote a great person. >> philosopher. >> these are great words of wisdom today. "i'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because i know i'm not dumb, and i also know that i'm not blonde." dolly parton, baby. [ applause ] that's the best. >> true wisdom you're giving out. >> if you google "dolly parton quotes," there are a million that are awesome. >> she and yogi berra had the best natural quotes. yeah. all right. >> we've had the best day. not only has dolly been here since early morning, we had charlie, our little puppy, and his brothers. his sisters. and we had 9-year-old zion harvey on earlier.
>> this story is unbelievable. >> this little 9-year-old boy developed an infection in his hands when he was 2. >> and his feet. >> they had to amputate both his hands and legs. well, surgeons did something miraculous. they attached hands, working, functioning hands to little zion. well, he's 9 years old now. he came to see us today. and he made us -- we were make-up room. take a look at the moment he threw the first pitch at the baltimore orioles game this month and what he told savannah about his new hands. >> okay, zion. whenever you're ready. >> it was like, okay. when i let this ball go -- >> it's your pitch. >> i have to see how far it will go. and i was surprised it went that far.
what's your favorite things about these new hands you have? >> just being able to wrap them around my mom. >> aw. give her a good hug. >> unbelievable. we just lost dolly. the first time she saw -- >> my lord. that got me -- >> that's a song, isn't it? >> yes. i didn't see that part. i don't want to mess up my -- >> i know. heaven forbid. >> let's get serious. >> oh, thank you. i'll run it over to dolly. here you go, my love. >> thank you. >> there you go. >> that's so touching. then something interesting with courteney cox. >> courteney cox from "friends." you don't see her opening up about a lot of personal stuff. you just don't. she office that show with bear grylls, "running wild with bear
she was out there. she started talking about her own looks and, you know, the pressure to stay youthful and stuff like that because -- she is such an icon on "friends." take a look. >> i think there's a pressure to maintain that not just because of fame but just, you know, being a woman in this business and getting older's not been -- i don't think that's the easiest thing. but i have learned lessons. you know, i think i was trying to keep up with gettol something you can't keep up with. so the more you relax into it and the less i try because sometimes you find yourself trying and you look at a picture of yourself and go, oh, god. >> yeah. >> like, i look horrible. you know, i have done things that i regret. and luckily, they're things that dissolve and go away. so that's good because -- it's not always been my best look.
>> wow. >> good for her. >> what do you think? >> amazing. that's touching, too. >> yeah. >> i need some more snot rags. >> well, will you ever just let it be, dolly? i don't think so. >> no way will i let it be. i don't mind getting older. i'm just going to try the best i can. i'm going to get a nip, tuck, something plucked -- i'm not going to just let it go. do whatever you got to do. a little at a time as often as possible? >> told you that time you had no make-up on. i said, "kathie lee, put that make-up on." don't go out like that. we have an incredible performance from last night's -- i didn't see it. "america's got talent." apparently the second time this girl's sung. she's 12-year-old grace vanderwahl's second appearance. dolly, you're going to love this girl. young singer/songwriter.
million views on facebook. >> simon called her the next taylor swift. she performed last night. a song that she wrote. it's called "beautiful things." take a look, and then the judges' reactions. ? beautiful things gather even when the weather is low ? ? ah high above ? ? up in the sky don't you cry >> some of the stuff you were playing, maybe the notes are wrong, your voice is a little croaky at times. but that is what makes you perfect. >> i predict that you're bigger than taylor swift. i predict that you are the biggest star to ever come out of this show. people are going to be saying "grace vanderwahl" from time to time. 400 million people on line are watching you. all the biggest people in the business ask me about you each and every day.
you're the best things i've ever seen on this show. i love you. >> thank you. >> wow. >> wow. >> did you see her? >> yes! i thought she was great. simon don't know what he's talking about. she didn't miss nothing i saw. she's great. >> you know talent when you see it. >> she writes her own stuff. >> i know. it's amazing. there's always somebody great out there right around the corner. >> and god bless them. >> yes. i don't know if you've ever had a backup plan, hoda? career, and you went to -- is it 39 different -- >> 27, yeah. got a bunch of rejections. i think i wasn't 100% sure this is the job i wanted to do. you know when you can't get something so you want it really bad? >> to prove. >> i think i wanted to prove i could do it, and i fell in love with it once i started. i didn't know what it was to love it or not love it because i hadn't experienced the job before. >> with every rejection, you got stronger. did you go back to your hotel room and sobbed your eyes out?
going because i'm stubborn. if i were to have a backup plan for this job, mine would have been to be a teacher. i would have loved that. >> you've always said that. >> what would your backup plan have been? >> i don't think i ever had one. >> do you know why -- by the way, research says having a backup plan sometimes makes you not pursue your dream because you think if this doesn't work out, that's okay. i'll go do this other things. >> i think mine is i'd be a florist. i love flowers. i've done my own flowers. that is really hard work. >> i know. >> and a big, old mess. dolly? >> i'd of been a beautician. i'd have the make-up. discounts on make-up and hair products. i played truvy, so i have a feel for it. i did my sisters' hair, my mom's hair. i can do it. >> of course you can.
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? jolene jolene ? we are in the presence of greatness, and i don't mean just hoda. a living legend. the most decorated female country artist of all time. dolly parton! >> she's sold more than 100 million records worldwide, has won more awards than you can shake a stick at. and she's currently out on her largest tour in she's promoting her album of love songs called "pure and simple." >> i'm surprised you didn't come up with that title until now. >> things always happen at the right time. >> this is your 43rd? >> yeah. it's amazing. i hear that, and i don't remember when i'd of had time to do all that. the life i've lived -- >> plus all the touring in between and opening up dollywood, which is now its 30th anniversary. >> open 30 years.
dolly? people can tell her no or that's a bad idea. and you end up going with your beautiful guts, haven't you? >> i have. i try to do that because that's the only way to go as far as i'm concerned. >> they said it wouldn't work, it would be too much trouble? >> it's too much of a risk and all that. i said, no, we've got to have dollywood. now we're very prosperous, doing really good. we do a lot of wonderful things through the dollywood foundation. >> sure. >> imagination library. a lot of -- we give back, and we get it. >> look how many people she's put to work in your own hometown which has seen hard times. >> yeah. yes. but that's good because a lot of my own people work at the park. a lot of my brothers and sisters and cousins work in the dolly show, the story. so you know, we do a lot of wonderful work. we actually have a children's book that's through the dollywood foundation, "the coat of many colors," it's illustrated. the money's going to go to the imagination library. >> could you believe what a hit "coat of many colors" was?
the numbers it did. >> it did great. >> did it surprise you? >> it did. we have a new movie called "christmas of many colors." it will be shown on nbc on the 30th of november. >> i think we have a picture. our agent for years -- >> a great guy. >> that's not sam. >> that's me. no, that's me playing the painted lady. >> oh, my gosh. >> i get to play a little part in the christmas movie. >> can we just look at -- >> there he is. we'll go back. there's sam. that's the painted man. >> uh-huh. >> anyway, i pattern my look after the town trollop. we thought it would be fun for me to play the painted lady for real. i got a fun acting part in addition to producing it with sam and voice. the 30th of november, it airs on nbc. >> excellent.
love songs of all kinds. >> i wrote all the songs. they're all based on a lot of things of my own, a lot of my feelings and my and carl's relationship. i picked other songs. i just wanted to cover all the colors of love. so you got your fun songs, your cheating songs. you've got your -- >> longtime love songs. >> they're all new, but they're all good hopefully. >> it's kind of cool what you did. but you have different c.d.s, and there are additional bonus tracks. if you buy them from certain places, right? >> that's all about promotion and making extra money. and like my joke you said -- it costs a lot to look this cheap. i try to pick up every dollar i can. the three versions, we have the one with the ten songs only. then we have a deal, we work with cracker barrel which is -- >> who doesn't love cracker barrel? >> we do. it's a great teaming for me
they have two extra bonus tracks on this album, "jolene" and "9 to 5," live from glastenberry. and live from walmart, the greatest hits -- hits, album. >> you said that fast. >> i have to be careful. >> they are among the greatest of all time. i'm sorry. i don't think anybody's going to argue that. >> i've got something going for me. i can't be tall like you two. i'd be six-feet tall if i hadn't gotten so bunched up at the top. >> dolly, we love you. >> love you so much. >> you can see her on tour. she's going to sing "coat of many colors" for us later. >> yes, i am. >> stick around, everybody. all right. don't mess with this fbi agent from the golden golden globe-winning series "mr. robot." grace gummer after this.
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when she was growing up, grace gummer dreamed of becoming an olympic swimmer. instead she took her cue from her talented mom. you may have heard of her, oscar winner, meryl streep. she dove right into acting. >> she could have been a sculptor like her dad. now she's starring in one of most critically acclaimed shows on television, "mr. robot," playing a young, brash, fbi investigator. >> let's look. >> official, so don't worry. but i had to ask, what were you doing on a restricted floor? >> making plans with agent thomas. we were trying to decide drinks tomorrow or lunch today.
>> she's so -- you took her down! >> tell us about dom. >> dom is an fbi agent, obviously, on the case of the 59 hack. and she's complicated, she's complex. she's -- she's definitely not what you think she's going to be as the season goes on. >> is she like you in real life? >> she is a little like me. she's a little nutty. >> in a good, granola kind of way? >> yeah. in a jersey sort of way. >> speaking of jersey, we did hear that are you a fan of the jersey housewives. >> i am. all the housewives. >> you watched that instead of the first season of "robot." >> why? >> i wanted to get into the jersey mode, yeah. and i actually had a dialect coach who said, you should watch that as practice, and to hear how people speak. fine, i got it.
york and brooklyn. >> bergen county. >> who's your favorite new jersey housewife? >> i have so many. i love erica jane. >> so funny. >> i love them all, though. >> you could probably do anything you wanted, so was this character that appealed to you when you read the script? >> it did. it was unlike anything i had ever read before. yeah. i just -- i loved her. i surprise myself every day with this part. >> it's interesting, i lead-in we talked about you loving swimming and thinking about the olympics. was that one of those wish things, or were you thinking if i train really hard, i could do this? >> i think as soon as i got to college and gained ten pounds -- >> it happens. >> i had a beer, i like didn't -- that dream was sort of squashed. no. >> didn't take much, did it? >> it didn't take much, no. doing a play, it was like immediately i fell in love. >> oh. >> did you watch the olympics, by the way?
>> weren't you? >> yes. >> katie ledecky. >> and all the girls. so bad ass. yeah. >> i'm glad you cursed. thank you very much. >> we're so happy to finally meet you. give our love to your family. and "mr. robot." >> tonight, 10:00, 9:00 central on our sister network usa. >> get ready for a little canine conversation when we celebrate our new pup charlie and our four-legged friends with a game. >> have you met the puppy? >> oh, my gosh!
? [ applause ] all right, we're back on this winesday-wednesday. we're back to play a game of "who knew." this friday is national dog day. we're celebrating with our puppy with a purpose, little charlie. we're going to put your knowledge to the test. kathie lee is across the street where are you from? >> colorado. >> which of the following dogs does not have a star on the hollywood walk of fame. >> rin at this point continue, lassie or >> am i asking the wrong question? all right. i'm sorry. what is the most popular male dog name in america, max, buddy or cooper? sorry about that. >> buddy. >> that's all right.
>> she gets my fabulous c.d. >> uh-oh. uh-oh. okay. >> the answer is max. charlie is the second most popular dog name. >> he's good. >> she's from birmingham. which of the following dogs does not have the star on the hollywood walk of fame? rin tin tin, lassie, or old yeller? >> old yeller. [ bell ] >> wow, old yeller it is. >> rin tin tin and lassie were real movie stars. they were in multiple movies. rin tin tin was nominated for an academy award in 1929. old yeller, great dog, but not as popular. >> over to you. >> stop that. this beautiful lady's from west point. listen, is it -- it is estimated that 30% of u.s. households own a cat. what percent own a dog? 40, 37, or 25? >> i would say 40. [ buzzer ] >> it's not correct. she wanted to say --
>> there's more households that own dogs but technically more pet cats in the u.s. something like 75 million cats. they have more than one cat. >> that explains a lot. >> we're trying to change that number. make it more pro-puppy. >> your mom's 75? god bless her. >> she said -- there she is. >> happy birthday, darling. all right. here's your question. snoopy is one of the most famous dogs in pop culture. what breed is he supposed to be? a dalmatian, beagle, or bassett hound? >> he's a beagle. [ bell ] >> you know, that was nice of you to give that little light -- >> that was a gimme piece of cake beagle. fun trivia, snoopy's original name was sniffy. debuted in 1950. turned out there was another cartoon dog by that name so they changed it. >> i didn't know that. >> i'm full of good advice. >> we have a 50th wedding celebration going on. >> right here. >> which of the following universities does not have a dog for a mascot? northwestern, texas a&m, or
>> texas a&m? [ buzzer ] >> oh! >> lifeline didn't come through this time. >> sorry. >> the correct answer is -- >> northwestern. they're the wildcats. that's not a dog. texas a&m has reveille, georgetown has jack the bulldog. that's the most popular -- 30 something. >> wow. i think we have time for one more. >> here she is from portland, connecticut. hoe what influential singer inspired the name scooby doo? was it louie armstrong, tony bennett, or frank sinatra? >> frank sinatra. [ bell ] >> the famous song, scooby doobie doo. fred silverman was on a plane and heard the sound and said scooby doo. >> you're kidding! we learned a lot today. >> we try. >> thank you very much. coming up, dolly parton
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casey wilson's the star of the big and small screen who you may know as her hilarious turn as a cast member on "saturday night live" for two seasons. we can't forget her parody of reality tv in "the hot wives of orlando" and "hot wives of vegas." >> they promised to have on us and never did. >> we're waiting. >> we love her anyway. she's starring alongside tig notaro in the amazon prime series "one mississippi."
as she travels back to her southern hometown to deal with her mother's death. >> she's there to help tig get through her grief. take a look. >> just a reminder, my stepfather, bill, he's not the warmest guy. you'll find him somewhere between room temperature and sleet. >> he's probably just in shock. denial like in the keebler-ross stages of grief. >> kubler. keebler is the tiny elves who live in the hollowed out tree and make the cookies. regular-size cookies. >> right. how are you since you last caused the hilarity here with us? >> i am very well. not the same since i left you ladies. >> no one ever is. >> no one. >> this is going to premiere on september 9th. what can we expect? hodi wants to know, too. >> it starts tig notaro, the most unique and brilliant
her mom passed away. and it is a tragi-comedy they call it. >> is it hard to walk that line sometimes? >> i think so. i am so used to doing comedy, but i had a blast doing this. it's more understate than parodies of the "housewives." >> we love those. did we love those? >> yeah. >> it was so much to work with. >> these are the great roles for women. the "housewives." >> you've got a 16-month-old. >> i do, yes. name for dogs. you know and babies. >> is his real name maximilian or just max? >> it's just max. there he is. >> he looks like a max. >> what does max call you? >> he calls me dada. >> these days -- >> you know, we all answer to anything these days. >> so how motherhood? >> i'm loving it. it's so much fun. he just says, what is th -- what
where everybody says th. >> where he belongs. he belongs there. >> so what else is going on? is this -- you have like 20-hour days on this? this is a long shoot? >> no. i mean, i've been having fun. i play tig's girlfriend on the show. it's been -- tig is the star. i am but in her shadow. and it's been so much fun. i do a podcast about the "housewives" called [ bleep ] sesh on the sides. can i say that? the title. >> apparently you can say it one time. >> she said it three. >> she keep -- >> we'll clean it up for the west coast. >> mea culpa. mea culpa. yes. >> life is good for you. >> great. >> life is really good. we tease that you were angry. >> oh. oh. >> we said, she looks angry. you -- >> wrote the whole things about in your family -- >> i wrote a piece about how i struggled an anger problem. if someone's like, are you still
what makes you most angry? >> i think people who are rude. >> rudeness. >> or you're walking behind them and the door -- they hold the door open for themselves. should we let our anger out? let's do it. >> we'll do something -- >> that made us angry. do we have protective eyewear? >> yes, we do. >> it's union. >> sometimes you want to throw something when you're angry. >> you say something and do. it do it. >> i will. when people give me a dirty look on the plane because my baby is crying. >> that was a good one! >> when my spanx are showing! >> when somebody is late and i've been sitting waiting for 17 minutes! >> i don't have to wear spanx at all. >> that everybody thinks i'm not wearing spanx! [ laughter ] your turn, hoda. here. she wears two pairs at a time. >> loud laughers and giant people.
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the citi concert series is proudly presented to you by citi. >> i was kidding before. we couldn't let dolly parton go before without singing to us. >> she is celebrating the release of her 43rd album. >> it's called "pure and simple." >> here she is singing her classic hit "coat of many colors." miss dolly. ? back through the years of i go
? back to the seasons of my youth i recall a box of rags that someone gave us ? ? and how my momma put the rags to use there were rag of many colors ? ? every piece was small and i didn't have a coat ? ? and it was way down in the fall momma sewed the rags together ? ? soin every piece with love she made my coat of many colors ? ? that i was so proud of as she sewed she told a story ? ? from the bible she had read about a coat of many colors ? ? joseph wore and then she said perhaps this coat will bring you ? ? good luck and happiness and i just couldn't wait to wear it ? ? and momma blessed it with a
? my coat of many colors that my momma made for me ? ? made only from rags but i wore it so proudly ? ? although we had no money i was rich as i could be ? ? in my coat of many colors my momma made for me ? holes in both my shoes ? ? in my coat of many colors i hurried off to school ? ? just to find the others laughing and making fun of me ? ? in my coat of many colors my momma made for me ? ? and oh i couldn't understand it for i felt i was rich ? ? and i told them of the laugh
? and i told 'em all the story ? ? momma told me while she sewed. ? and how my coat of many colors was worth more than all their clothes ? ? they didn't understand it, and i tried to make them see ? ? you're only poor only if they choose to be ? ? it's but i was rich as i could be in my coat of many colors momma made for me ? ? cause she made it just for me ? >> wow. we love her. love it. [ applause ] dolly's album "pure and simple." .
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we have extra time today. i was telling hoda about 16 years ago i called up dolly after a tough time in my life. frank's unfaithfulness. it was a devastating time. i called and said, "dolly, i hear you singing on the end of this" not just the end, "all the way through it. would you record it with me?" so she said yes, and then she -- she performed it with me a little bit later. we thought we'd share a little of it with you in honor of miss dolly, who's the best woman on the planet. it's called "only my pillow knows."
? break through the death in its way dare to believe spring is still on its way ? ? go ask the river that's run here so long go ask the sparrow that still sings its song ? ? go ask the willow that bends when wind blows but only my pillow knows ? >> that's beautiful. >> i want to thank dolly for that. she's just the best. >> she is. tomorrow, florida georgia line's brian kelly and tyler hubbard. >> have an awesome winesday-wednesday. what's that? >> "only my pillow knows." >> beautiful!
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