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Kathie Lee Gifford, who has a Jewish father and is a Born Again Christian, now wants to become an orthodox rabbi. I kid you not. On her Today show segment with Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee made the pronouncement quite emphatically. “I want to go to Yeshiva University,” Gifford said. “I want to get my rabbinical Orthodox degree.”

“I want to understand what [Hebrew] words mean and what the context is. I’m fascinated by that stuff.”

Kathie Lee’s original name was Epstein. Her father is Jewish. Her mother was not. The family was raised in the Christian faith. Gifford got her career as a Christian country singer. She has always emphasized her Christian beliefs on TV. But I’m not surprised, actually. I always thought this would happen. Mazel tov, Kathie Lee!

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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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