Kathie Lee Gifford Drops Puppy on TV, Is a 'Wreck'

10/12/2012 at 01:20 PM EDT

Kathie Lee Gifford Drops Puppy on TV, Is a 'Wreck'
Kathie Lee Gifford (center) and Hoda Kotb (left)
Things usually get slippery on the fourth hour of Today, but even Kathie Lee Gifford is feeling shaky after Thursday's episode.

In a segment featuring adoptable rescue dogs, the morning show's co-host picked up one of the visiting pooches.

"Oh, puppy needs a bath-y," Gifford remarked, before the dog quickly tumbled out of her arms.

Gifford's fourth-hour partner, Hoda Kotb, backed away from the scene just as quickly, saying, "Puppy took a nose dive-y!" Gifford apologized profusely to the dog as she picked it up again to comfort it after the fall.

On Friday, Gifford's Today show colleagues called to ask how she was doing.

"The puppy's okay, but I'm a wreck!" she said. "It's very upsetting for me. I have three dogs of my own and I adore dogs."

Gifford continued, "The problem is that the dog did not want to go home with Hoda."

After a beat, Kotb spoke: "I'm on the phone."

Click the video to watch more of the exchange.

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