Yes, they host the 10 a.m. hour of “Today.” But Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kodb are good pals off screen, too. Yesterday they held court at lunchtime at Michael’s before heading to a Wednesday matinee of David Mamet’s “Race.”

“I don’t know if we’re going to like it,” Kathie Lee told me. “But we’ve seen everything else!”

Kathie Lee also took a lot of good natured ribbing about how much Sandra Bullock looks like her in “The Blind Side.” “We did a split screen!” Kathie Lee said. “It’s true.”

Meanwhile, around the room Michael’s percolated as it does on a Wednesday. Joe Armstrong had a table with Sharon Hoge, Richard Clurman, and a bunch of friends, all of whom were chatting up Huffington Post blogger Jill Brooke. Barry Diller had the corner table. ABC Nightline’s Cynthia McFadden popped in. Art dealer Barbara Guggenheim had a foursome ‘ her hubby, LA attorney Bert Fields, is in town on a secret mission. Also on the scene: Cosmo’s Kate White, and a full complement of publishing and media types. Recession, what recession?

But the whole room was focused on one thing: Harold Ford, Jr. of Tennesee, working the room, meeting and greeting. The former US congressman from the south wants to be the next senator from New York state– so much so that he would have been kissing babies if Michael’s had had any!

…Meantime, downtown last night the magnificent Bebe Buell rocked the Hiro Ballroom with her band for WornFree ( a new line of old rock T shirts. Very cool…Bebe’s album, “Sugar,” is a hit with the gang at 101.9 FM here in New York, especially “Air Kisses for the Masses”…

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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