David Cook’s Cougar Connection

Meredith Vieira nearly lost her ever-loving mind when 25-year-old American Idol winner David Cook showed up to the Today show Thursday. The 54-year-old host gushed over Cook, while remarking on the proliferation of older female fans who have become enamored of the young singer.

Vieira excitedly addressed both David and the crowd. “A lot of [your fans] are older women—right, ladies? It’s the Cougars for Cook,” she said, evoking a joyous response from the throngs gathered to eagerly await the young man’s live outdoor performance.

In response to the adulation, Cook downplayed the attention, telling Meredith, “It’s amazing what a haircut and forgetting to shave will do.”

Not such great advice for the ladies, interestingly enough.