March 09, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

In a career move that eerily recalls a head-banging Pat Boone in leather, the post-Live! Kathie Lee Gifford is getting, well, funky. Besides showing up at music mogul Clive Davis‘ pre-Grammy bash — where she hobnobbed with such unlikely cocktail companions as Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit — Reege’s former foil will play a hot-to-trot romance novelist in a steamy May episode of Just Shoot Me. ”When she shows up, she causes a whole lot of trouble,” says Gifford of her sitcom role. ”She picks David Spade to be her boy toy for sexual favors. [She bribes him with] toys, scooters, pinball machines, and such.” Despite selling only 36,000 copies of her last pop CD, a sassy Gifford sports a serious ‘tude about her music career: ”The world will be thrilled to know I have two new albums coming out for your magazine to trash.”

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