After 11 years of drinking wine alongside Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford’s final day of Today has arrived.
After a special performance from Flo Rida, who turned his hit “My House” turned into “Kathie Lee’s House,” Gifford sat down with Kotb for the last time.
Gifford shared: “I feel great, I do. The last two weeks, since all this crazy stuff began, I had no expectations. You want to bear it well. You want to honor the Lord with whatever you say and do, but you also want to have fun and remind people of why this show worked in the beginning. Because we have fun and we have a friendship and it’s real.”
In April 2008, everything changed when Gifford replaced Natalie Morales and Ann Curry for the last hour of The Today Show, chemistry was magnetic between her and Kotb.
Gifford has been a daytime favorite since her days on Live! With Regis & Kathie Lee, so fans are going to miss her on the small screen Monday through Friday while she pursues other endeavors.
Gifford will be devoting her time to writing and producing Christian music:
“The work that I want to do isn’t here anymore. I am an artist, I’m an actress, I’m a writer, I’m a songwriter, a director now. That’s the stuff that feeds my soul and I know that I’m running out of time to do those things.”
Former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager is set to step in as co-host alongside Kotb on April 8.
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