Kathie Lee Gifford announces she's leaving the 'Today' show after 11 years

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AP_18208198955623Kathie Lee Gifford is pictured above in July.Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

  • Kathie Lee Gifford is reportedly leaving the "Today" show, according to an internal email obtained by several outlets.
  • Gifford has been a member of the NBC morning show for 11 years, and has co-hosted the popular fourth hour since 2008.

Kathie Lee Gifford will leave the "Today" show in the coming months, according to an internal email obtained by several outlets on Tuesday.

She also announced the news publicly on Tuesday's show.

"It's bittersweet, as these things always are," she told viewers.

The 65-year-old has been a member of the NBC morning show cast for 11 years, and has co-hosted the popular fourth hour of the show since 2008.

According to the email obtained, Gifford will leave the show after its next anniversary in April.

Read the full email, as published originally by Deadline:


From: Noah Oppenheim [NBC News president]

Subject: KLG

All,

It is with mixed emotions that I share the news Kathie Lee Gifford has decided it's time to leave TODAY.

As we all know, 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.

When we first launched this incredible hour, no one could have predicted the lightning (or rather, wine) in a bottle that is Hoda & Kathie Lee. Whether in studio or on one of their many road trips, they have delighted our audience with their distinct brand of fun, friendship and adventure. During that time, Kathie Lee has cemented her status as one of the most enduring and endearing talents in morning television. In short - she is a legend.

Jimmy Fallon summed it up best when he channelled Kenny Rogers on the tenth anniversary show earlier this year: Through the years, Kathie Lee has never let us down, she's turned our lives around and she's brought some of the sweetest days we've found…

As Kathie Lee told me today: "In 2008, I joined the TODAY Show family intending to spend one year. But something unexpected happened along the way: I fell in love with a beautiful, talented, extraordinary Egyptian goddess named Hoda, and an amazing group of individuals who work tirelessly and joyfully at their jobs, many of them starting at midnight, creating an unprecedented four hours of live television. I stayed year after year making a million memories with people I will never forget. I leave TODAY with a grateful heart but I'm truly excited for this new creative season in my life. Many thanks to all the wonderful people who made the years fly by."

Kathie Lee is generously staying with us through the show's next anniversary, April 7, 2019. We will have much more to share before then about our plans for that hour, which will, of course, continue to include Hoda.

Please join me in congratulating Kathie Lee on a dazzling run at TODAY. We look forward to celebrating her in the months to come.

Noah
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