When you hear that “Today” takes Halloween to the next level, it’s the least fake news statement ever. This year, each host dressed up as a country music legend, but one– Kathie Lee Gifford, dressed up as the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus and the goddaughter of Dolly Parton– Miley Cyrus. And she didn’t just dress up as her, she was her.
Infamously, Miley released “Wrecking Ball”right after her 2013 career-changing MTV VMA performance with Robin Thicke. The video shows a nude Cyrus swinging on a wrecking ball in nothing but boots. She also licks a sledgehammer. With 19 million views in its first 24 hours, the video held the record for most views in that timeframe for about a year.
Kathie Lee’s performance in the video could also be career-changing. But, she nailed it. Can morning show hosts get EMMYs for dressing up as pop superstars and getting weird? If so, KLG is the winner by a country mile.
After watching the performance on “Today,” Hoda Kotb asked, “what are you licking?” All Kathie Lee could say is, “I’m so glad my mother isn’t alive to see this.”
The real Billy Ray Cyrus also came to the set and when he asked what she was doing, Kathie Lee said, “I’m just doing it like you taught me, daddy.” Which made everyone in the world uncomfortable. Much like the original video.
The original video is now up to 913 million views.