Tough Pigs News Extra

January 14, 2002

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Kermit and Piggy Celebrate Today

Kermit and Miss Piggy

on The Today Show's 50th Anniversary

with Katie Couric and Matt Lauer

January 14, 2002

 

Katie

 

We have some more special guests to help celebrate our Golden Anniversary. You know, we've been showing some of the highlights -- but over the years, we've had some moments that, frankly, we're less than proud of.

 

[ Clip: Kermit and Piggy on The Today Show a few years ago, with Katie. Katie reaches over and strangles Piggy for a few seconds. Piggy screams, then aims a karate chop at Katie. ]

 

Katie

 

And on this special day, we hope to make amends. Here to help are Kermit the Frog --

 

Kermit

 

Hi there, guys!

 

Katie

 

Hello, Kermie! How are you?

 

Kermit

 

Hi there! Happy 50!

 

Katie

 

Thank you so much...

 

Piggy

 

Happy 50!

 

Katie

 

... And Miss Piggy as well.

 

Piggy

 

I'm sorry -- Hello, dear, Matthew, Katerina... 

 

Matt

 

How are you... Nice to see you...

 

Piggy

 

Nice to see -- I'm so sorry you ran that tasteless tape.

 

Katie

 

You know, I just want to apologize right now. I don't know what got into me, Miss Piggy. The truth is, I've always admired you for bringing home the bacon. Oh!

 

Kermit

 

Uh oh.

 

 

 

[ Katie giggles. ]

 

Kermit

 

Here we go again!

 

Matt

 

You know, she said she was going to make up, but it doesn't seem as if she's turned over a new leaf to me.

 

Piggy

 

She's a very bitter person, isn't she.

 

Matt

 

That's true. I've never strangled you. I want to mention that. We've kissed --

 

Piggy

 

No, we've done other things...

 

Katie

 

Listen, I don't want to hear about your personal lives, really. This is a family show, Miss Piggy.

 

Piggy

 

I just have one question for both of vous. How does it actually feel to be on one television show for fifty years of your lives?

 

Kermit

 

No, no -- Piggy, Piggy. They haven't actually been here the whole time. 

 

Piggy

 

Oh.

 

Kermit

 

No, no.

 

Piggy

 

Oh, so then -- oh, excuse me! Oh, I apologize, I thought... you know, I watch The Today Show every single day. Y'know what, the first thing I do in the morning?

 

Matt

 

What?

 

Piggy

 

First of all, I nudge Kermie awake...

 

Kermit

 

Oh, no... As I say, here we go again!

 

Piggy

 

And it's difficult. He wears this blindfold to sleep.

 

Kermit

 

Yeah, why would that be, d'you think?

 

Katie

 

Careful, Kermit.

 

Piggy

 

Because you can't close your eyes!

 

Kermit

 

I'm so glad I'm over here...

 

Katie

 

Well, I have to tell you -- in all seriousness -- you are our favorite guests. Or two of our favorite guests, through the years.

 

Kermit

 

Aww, that's sweet.

 

Piggy

 

Wha -- wait, wait! You said our favorite guests, and then you said two of our favorite guests. What happened? We went downhill immediately.

 

Matt

 

We misspoke.

 

Piggy

 

Okay.

 

Kermit

 

I was just going to say, y'know, we've been on the show over a hundred times. January of 1960 was our first show.

 

Piggy

 

Not us, but the Muppets.

 

Kermit

 

Yes, yes, the Muppets.

 

Katie

 

The "Moo-pets," as you say...

 

Kermit

 

"Die Moo-pets."

 

Katie

 

... And I just want to say congratulations too, you'll turn the big 5-0 in the year 2005, I understand. Oh, my gosh, wait! Miss Piggy, Kermit? Somebody's...

 

Kermit

 

Oh, my goodness!

 

 

 

[ They turn and see -- lurking outside, behind the plate glass window -- it's the terrifying specter of Rosie O'Donnell, pounding with both her fists on the glass! ]

 

Piggy

 

What is this?

 

Rosie

 

[ outside ]  Hi, Piggy! Hi, Kermie! It's me!

 

Piggy

 

Rosie!

 

Rosie

 

Hi, how are you!

 

Kermit

 

She looks like she's in an aquarium!

 

Rosie

 

I've been here, like, forty minutes! I don't know what happened!

 

Piggy

 

Do not feed the animals!

 

Rosie

 

I know... I'm just here to say, happy birthday, and anniversary, and I have a show now, but I love everyone there. 

 

Katie

 

Awww... Rosie, thank you for coming by!

 

Matt

 

Al's going to chat with you in just a second. You're sweet to stop by. Thank you very much.

 

Rosie

 

I brought donuts. Go ahead. Finish.  [ Rosie exits ]

 

Katie

 

Okay. Thank you, Rosie, so much.

 

Matt

 

Kermit, Miss Piggy, thank you very much for your visit. Thanks for the nice wishes, and helping us celebrate our 50th anniversary.

 

Piggy

 

Happy anniversary, both of vous.

 

Matt

 

We really appreciate it. One more time. [ Matt kisses Piggy on the cheek. ]

 

Kermit

 

You're welcome. Yes. Fifty more, right?

 

Matt

 

Yes. We hope so.

 

Katie

 

Yes. Piggy?

 

Piggy

 

Yes, dear?

 

 

 

[ Katie reaches out and grabs Piggy's hand. ]

 

Piggy

 

EASY! Yes?

 

Katie

 

Let's let bygones be bygones, okay? Friends?

 

Piggy

 

[ staring at Katie's hand, still clutching hers: ]  ... Yyyyyeah.

 

Katie

 

[ laughs ]  Bye, Kermit! Nice to see you!

 

Kermit

 

Thank you! Bye bye! Good to see you both.

 

Matt

 

Thank you so much. Coming up in this half-hour, we'll take you back to 1952, and give you an idea of how the world of Today opened a window on the world fifty years ago.

 

Katie

 

That's right. And we're going to have a visit from some women who were part of the history of this program -- believe it or not, Miss Piggy...

 

Piggy

 

Mmm?

 

Katie

 

They were called Today Girls. And you probably know some of them -- Florence Henderson, Estelle Parsons, Lee Meriwether, and Betsy Palmer.

 

Kermit

 

Sure.

 

Piggy

 

Mm hmm. Yes.

 

Katie

 

Today Girls. The nerve, huh?

 

Piggy

 

Well, they're all women today. 

 

Kermit

 

That's right.

 

Matt

 

Times have changed. First, we need to check on the weather from Al...

 

 

Danny@ToughPigs.com

 

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