I think Giada owes a huge apology to the contestants she judged on TNFNS. It was covered in a number of threads about how rude, condescending and yes even bitchy. She was talking down to these people who had little or no on air experiences as if she was the all no knowing high priestess of things. She seemed to have little patience or sympathy form the contestants. I should point out that I wasn’t a big fan of this group either and I thought she was down right nasty to them.
Then a while back (after TNFNS) much to my surprise there was Giada sitting in as co-host on the third hour of Today. None of the contestants were as bad as she was. For a woman with broadcast experience there was no excuse for how amateurish she was. If anything it makes her performance all that much more pathetic. Talking to the wrong camera. When not starring blankly and occasionally blinking she would read (badly) from her script like a shy middle-schooler doing a presentation in front of the class; starring down the whole time. She could never get her timing right resulting in dead air or her talking over people. It was stunning to see someone who has had a great deal of media exposure and experience be so bad. Especially considering the arrogance and disdain she seem to show the contestants.
Admittedly, probably with the benefit of coaching, practice and experience, she has gotten better. But she is still by no means great passable at best. This has given her the opportunity to be a regular co-host on the new forth hour of Today. It just seems like she was full of hot air and could not come close to the standards she set for others.
I think she should call them up and apologize for her bad attitude and not being able to live up to her own hype.