Kathie Lee Gifford, the co-anchor of the popular fourth hour of NBC’s “Today,” announced to viewers on Tuesday that she would be leaving the morning show in April. Gifford, along with co-host Hoda Kotb, have been a fixture of NBC’s morning lineup for the last decade.
“I’ve been in this business for 120 years and never worked with a more beautiful — a more beautiful — group of people who just give, give, give, give,” Gifford tearfully said as her co-host, Hoda Kotb, welled up next to her.
Noah Oppenheim, the president of NBC News, said that Gifford was staying on until April to mark her 11th anniversary of hosting the show with Kotb. He also said that the network would announce succession plans before Ms. Gifford’s departure and that they “will, of course, continue to include Hoda.”
From 1985 until 2000, Gifford co-hosted “Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee.” In 2008, she became Hoda Kotb’s co-host on the 10 a.m. hour of “Today.”
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