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NBC’s morning show “Today” is doing something rather unorthodox Tuesday, April 3 – it has invited former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin to co-host the show alongside Matt Lauer and Ann Curry. She spoke with the “Today” crew Monday via telephone about her big day.

“My big day tomorrow! How nervous should you all be, perhaps?” laughs Palin.

Lauer immediately starts in with some “good-natured” ribbing – “What are you doing to prepare? Are you reading some newspapers?”

“That’s a fine how-do-you-do, that’s a great start, here we go,” says Palin.

“Oh my goodness, there’s so much to weigh in on. Hopefully we won’t bore viewers with so much political talk,” Palin continues. “There’s so many issues going on with energy prices and some national security issues have to be addressed. And I think no matter what it is that we discuss, somehow it’s going to turn into a bit of a political discussion because it’s absolutely paramount right now that people are paying attention to what’s going on in our country in order to make good decisions to get it back on the right track, guys.”

Meredith Vieira was in the studio, having just announced that she’s co-hosting the 2012 Summer Olympic Games for NBC, and she offered Palin some advice that kind of scared us – “If Al asks to let him show you his ‘neck of the woods,’ run.”

OK, then.

Palin finishes with, “I really look forward to this. I appreciate NBC’s boldness in having me on.”

“Or desperation,” cracks Vieira.

Could Meredith possibly be making a pointed comment about how former “Today” anchor Katie Couric is co-hosting “GMA” all week long, so NBC responds by asking Sarah Palin to join their show?

And also, regardless of how you feel about Palin as a politician or a commentator, we hope the “Today” hosts are kind and respectful of her. It would be in rather poor taste to invite her to co-host, then spend the day making sly remarks poking fun at her, like they almost seemed to be doing this morning during the announcement.

What do you think, “Today” viewers?

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."