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Kathie Lee Gifford Is Saying Goodbye To The 'Today' Show After 11 Years On It. But Why Is She Leaving?

Date December 12, 2018 14:22

When someone mentions NBC's Today, chances are that you immediately think of the charismatic hosts of the fourth hour of the show: Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. The iconic duo has been co-hosting it for almost 11 years, winning the audience’s hearts with their funny conversations.

Unfortunately, change is coming

Kathie Lee Gifford Is Saying Goodbye To The 'Today' Show After 11 Years On It. But Why Is She Leaving?gettyimages

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As Gifford revealed in a recent episode, it’s time for her to leave the show. In fact, the television icon initially had never intended to work on it more than a year. It was the strong connection to Kotb that made her stay:

I've been here almost 11 years. Thought I would stay one year. Something happened along the way: I fell in love with a beautiful Egyptian goddess.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Both women barely managed to hold back their tears! Now, Kathie Lee still has many goodbyes to say to all the other crew members that made the show special:

When it's our 11th anniversary, I'm going to be leaving the “Today” show. "It's an exciting time for me, and I'm thrilled about all the projects that are coming up. But it's also hard, because the reason I stayed longer than a year is because I love everybody here so much.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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But when is she going to leave and why?

Gifford will stay on until April 7, 2019, so we all have a few more months to enjoy her presence on the show. As she explained in her announcement, there are many projects ahead that she will be working on, which is the reason for her departure date.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Who do you think will replace Kathie Lee?

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