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I Am Leaving: Kathie Lee Gifford Announced Her Final Day As 'Today' Host, And It’s Sooner Than We Thought

Date February 27, 2019

It’s happening anyway! The Today host Kathie Lee Gifford is leaving the show, and it will be sooner than we thought.

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“I am leaving”

By the end of the previous year, Kathie Lee Gifford shocked her fans with a bombshell announcement. Gifford said she’s leaving Today and that it's her perceived decision.

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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.

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At that time, Kathie did not reveal the exact date of her departure, and fans were still hoping she would change her decision. But she did not!

On Monday, Gifford announced her final day as the Today host – April 5, 2019.

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By the way, on April 7, it would be Gifford’s 11-year anniversary on Today. Sounds like the end of the era, doesn’t it?

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Who will replace Kathie Lee?

During these last few months, the show creators kept the name of a new Today anchor in a secret. On Tuesday, they finally revealed who will replace Gifford. Drumroll!

The new Today anchor will be Jenna Bush Hager. The daughter of the former U.S. President George W. Bush will join Hoda Kotb in April.

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Jenna commented on her new job:

It feels humbling and I can’t believe it.

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Of course, it will be hard to imagine Today without its beloved anchor Kathie Lee Gifford. Nevertheless, we wish Jenna Bush Hager good luck and wait to see her in the brand new episodes of the iconic show in April.

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