Here “Today” – but gone come April.
Kathie Lee Gifford is leaving the “Today” show after more than a decade, she announced Tuesday.
The TV personality, 65, has co-hosted the fourth hour of the show with Hoda Kotb since 2008, with the pair building a reputation for a lighthearted, booze-filled rapport.
“I have something to share with everybody, and it’s bittersweet, as these things always are,” an emotional Gifford said. “I’ve been here almost 11 years — thought I would stay here one year. Something happened along the way: I fell in love with a beautiful Egyptian goddess. And now, when it’s our 11th anniversary, I’m going to be leaving the ‘Today’ show.”
NBC News President Noah Oppenheim told staffers of the shake-up in a memo obtained by Deadline, and said Gifford would be leaving to “focus her attention full-time on… other creative endeavors,” including film, music and book projects.
Gifford will stay on board through the show’s next anniversary, on April 17.
“I’ve been in this business 120 years and never worked with a more beautiful group of people, who work every day for four hours of live television every day, five days a week,” she said. “And we have fun and we laugh and we support one another. We know each other’s kids’ names. We know when someone’s having a colonoscopy. We know everything! And we do life together.”
Oppenheim noted that Kotb, who also took over Matt Lauer’s spot as co-anchor last year, will stick around for the hour even after Gifford’s departure.
Kotb grew emotional, too, as Gifford announced her exit, telling her longtime co-host that “everything good that’s happened in my life has happened since you came.”
Kathie Lee Gifford will be putting aside her morning glass of wine and will step away from the NBC's "Today" show in April.
In a memo to staff, Oppenheim called the 65-year-old Gifford "one of the most enduring and endearing talents in morning television. In short — she is a legend." He said she will focus on her film, music and book projects.
In the memo, Oppenheim said Gifford said she was leaving "with a grateful heart but I'm truly excited for this new creative season in my life."