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Considering Sarah Palin's former job as an Alaskan sportscaster and her current gig on the Fox News Channel, it should come as no surprise that she knew a thing or two about being a cohost on the set of Today this morning.
The former vice presidential candidate took to Today's studio in an attempt to show a side of herself that people haven't seen before. And, from where we're sitting, she did a pretty good job of showing a relaxed and fun-loving persona who fit in well as a member of what she's previously called the "lame-stream media." Sporting a new 'do and her signature pantsuit look, Palin put on the charm during a pre-hosting interview and her Today segment (which many see as a response to Good Morning America giving Katie Couric cohosting duties for the week). Watch a clip below!
Arguably the best part of Palin's time on Today was her ability to poke fun at herself. Her opening segment on the show had her sitting on a couch reading newspapers -- the only reference to her ill-fated 2008 interview with Couric (in which she couldn't name a single paper she read regularly).
"I see she's doing her homework," Matt Lauer said.
She also scrawled some notes on her hand in reference to her 2010 Tea Party speech where she had written talking points -- like "energy," "budget cuts" and "tax" -- on her hand as reminders.
But the self-proclaimed "mama grizzly" did a good job showing that she's kept up on her entertainment news as well. Palin joined in the conversation in the "Today's Professionals" panel with Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Star Jones and Donny Deutsch. Conversation dealt with many current pop culture talking points, like Oprah's failing network and Ashton Kutcher being cast to play a young Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic.
Talk soon turned to Jessica Simpson's dramatic weight gain during her pregnancy. Palin declared that if anyone had given her as hard a time about packing on a few pounds while she was expecting, she would have "wanted to punch 'em in the neck."
Even though Palin didn't talk about Couric's competing hosting stint at Good Morning America, she did talk about some other TV broadcasting that cast a somewhat critical light on her: the HBO movie Game Change. In the film, Julianne Moore portrays Palin, but the former Alaskan governor said she hasn't bothered watching.
"I didn't see the movie, and I wouldn't waste my time seeing the movie," Palin said. However, she was quick to add that "Tina Fey has been pretty clever" with her portrayals.
Mama-to-be Tori Spelling later sat down with Palin and Today's Ann Curry to talk party-planning and motherhood. Spelling asked Palin -- who has five children -- about whether she plans to have more children herself, and unsurprisingly she quickly denied these plans. But Palin went on to offer the actress and reality TV star some advice on what's in store for her when she welcomes her fourth child.
"It sounds cliche, but trust me, it goes by way too quickly," said Palin. "Our oldest turns 23 this month, our youngest turns 4. We've got three girls in between and it goes by quickly."