Kathie Lee Gifford Leaving the “Today” Show

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Kathie Lee Gifford Leaving the “Today” Show

Tuesday, December 11, 2018, Kathie Lee Gifford announced she is leaving the

Tuesday, December 11, 2018, Kathie Lee Gifford announced she is leaving the "Today" Show

Aurielle Whitehead

Tuesday, December 11, 2018, Kathie Lee Gifford announced she is leaving the "Today" Show

Aurielle Whitehead

Aurielle Whitehead

Tuesday, December 11, 2018, Kathie Lee Gifford announced she is leaving the "Today" Show

Aurielle Whitehead, Writer

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Unfortunately, Tuesday, December 11, 2018, Kathie Lee Gifford announced that she is leaving the Today Show next April. Gifford has been on the Today Show for almost 11 years.

Gifford started her Talk Show Personality Career on “Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee” in 1988. She stayed on the talk show with Regis Philbin until 2000. Gifford is now co-host on the fourth hour of the “Today” show with Hodi Kotb.

According to CNN, “Kathie Lee’s plate has been overflowing lately with film, music and book projects, and after giving us eleven extraordinary years, she’s decided to focus her attention full-time on those other creative endeavors.”

NBC News President, Noah Oppenheim has stated that the network would share its plans for the future of the 10 a.m. hour before Gifford’s final show in April.

Gifford originally wanted to leave last April, but situations began to arise at the time of her plan to leave. Gifford stated, “I don’t want to leave, I just have to do my other stuff. So, I said if you guys can work it out for me, that I can still do my projects, I’ll stay.”

We wish Kathie Lee Gifford the best of luck on her new beginnings and new careers!

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Hoda Kotb (Left) and Kathie Lee Gifford (Right)