Veteran “Today” host Kathie Lee Gifford announced her departure from the popular morning talk show last December.

And on Friday, she completed her final day as co-host alongside Hoda Kotb.

It was an emotional moment for Gifford, who has been featured on the show for more than a decade.

She ended her time on the show by reflecting on the show’s success and talking about her close bond with Kotb. But Gifford said she was prepared to go.

“I feel great,” she said. The 65-year-old still got a little teary-eyed as she delivered her goodbye:

“The last two weeks, since of this crazy stuff began, I had no expectations. You want to bear it well. You want to honor the Lord with whatever you say and do, but you also want to have fun and remind people of why this show worked in the beginning. Because we have fun and we have a friendship and it’s real.”

Gifford’s departure fell on her 11th anniversary of joining the network, so the cast celebrated with a champagne toast, according to People.

During the closing moments of the show, Gifford gave her final message:

“Jeremiah 29 says, ‘I know the plans I have you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a future and a hope.’ That’s not just true for me you guys. That’s true for everybody watching. Trust him. Let him love like he wants to love you, like I am loved by all of you. Thank you.”

In February, it was confirmed that 37-year-old Jenna Bush Hager will take over Gifford’s spot. Hager had been guest hosting for many years before she earned her title as Kotb’s new co-host.

After the announcement, Hager said she looked towards Gifford as a “role model.”

Though the veteran host will no longer be on the show, it seems she’ll always be a part of the “Today” family.

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