On December 11, “Today” show morning host Kathie Lee Gifford sent shock waves throughout America as she announced that she will be leaving her spot at the desk.

Gifford has been co-host of the fourth hour of the morning show for the last ten years, sharing that time slot with now “Today” news anchor, Hoda Kotb.

The pair grew close during their time on the show, quickly becoming America’s favorite best friends.

Gifford and Kotb have been through a lot together while co-hosts of the fourth hour, including the adoption of Kotb’s daughter and the death of Gifford’s husband.

In an emotional statement, Kotb looked back at a time when their show was in its infancy.

She said, with tears in her eyes:

“I was writing everything down and I thought about the day that, cause you chose me and that’s how it started, and so I was thinking about like everything good that’s happened in my life has happened since you came. Like I was even thinking about everything, I met Joel cause I had to give a speech, why did I have to give a speech? Because I worked here because I worked with you. Like I wouldn’t have been there that day, I met him. Haley came as a result of our union, me and Joel, like everything happened.

I remember thinking about like how does one person step in your life and change it like that and you did that for me.”

During Gifford’s announcement, the mom of two revealed that she will be leaving the show officially in April, April 7 to be exact.

As Entertainment Tonight reports, April 7 is also Gifford’s 11th anniversary of being on Today.

Gifford also had tears in her eyes as she called her longtime co-host “so special” and described her decision to leave the show as “bittersweet.”

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Following her announcement, the president of NBC News, Noah Oppenheim, released his own personal statement:

As Kathie Lee told me today: “In 2008, I joined the Today show family intending to spend one year. But something unexpected happened along the way: I fell in love with a beautiful, talented, extraordinary Egyptian goddess named Hoda, and an amazing group of individuals who work tirelessly and joyfully at their jobs, many of them starting at midnight, creating an unprecedented four hours of live television. I stayed year after year making a million memories with people I will never forget. I leave Today with a grateful heart but I’m truly excited for this new creative season in my life. Many thanks to all the wonderful people who made the years fly by.” Kathie Lee is generously staying with us through the show’s next anniversary, April 7, 2019. We will have much more to share before then about our plans for that hour, which will, of course, continue to include Hoda.

Fans of the show took to Twitter revealing how saddened they were by Gifford’s decision to leave “Today”:

The specifics for what the show has planned for when Gifford leaves have not been announced. However, people on Twitter seem to think it will be Jenna Bush Hager who will fill Gifford’s seat.

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5 Replies to “Hoda Kotb Cries as Kathie Lee Makes Announcement She’s Leaving ‘Today’ Show”

  • Peggy fennelle 2 years ago

    Lord, I hope it won’t be Jenna. She’s okay for fill in, BUT, NOT, every day.

    BORING!! Please!! No.

  • Marian 2 years ago

    I will dearly miss you Kathy Lee. You are a true inspiration to so many of us, and during a time when so many are shutting God and Jesus out of our world you are NOT afraid to profess you love and belief!! I wish you ALL THE BEST in your future. Keep us updated. I strongly feel Jena and Hoda come as closs as possible to make a great replacement. GOD BLESS YOU

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I LOVE Kathie Lee Gifford! She has been such an honest, caring, forthright human being who is NOT afraid to let people know exactly what she believes is true. She will be sorely missed.

    • Anonymous 2 years ago


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