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Posted Wednesday 12/12/18 at 1:45PM EST
Kathie Lee Gifford confirms she's been planning her Today exit a "long long time," says she's "so relieved" the news is out
“I feel so relieved,” Kathie Lee said on this morning's Today show. “I’ve known it was coming for a long long time and you want to get your story out before somebody else tries to tell your story in an inaccurate way." She added: "Hoda’s known it for a long, long time,” Gifford said. “All these other projects have been bubbling up … and it’s so exciting. Movies and music and so many wonderful things. And I need the time for them to do them properly.”
Posted Tuesday 12/11/18 at 10:14PM EST
Jenna Bush Hager is considered the frontrunner to replace Kathie Lee Gifford on Today
The Today correspondent daughter of former President George W. Bush is "in the mix because she is a favorite among viewers and staffers and she has already filled in for Kathie Lee every time she’s been away,” a source tells People. The source added that “nothing has been determined about (Gifford's) replacement. She’s here until April anyway. But it’s looking like Jenna." The Daily Beast also pegged Hager as the frontrunner, adding that her selection would be a "big blow” to Carson Daly, "who had been eyeing the job." The Daily Beast notes that Hager and Hoda Kotb already have chemistry on- and off-screen. ALSO: Kathie Lee Gifford reportedly tried to resign a year ago, but NBC executives begged her to stay.
Posted Tuesday 12/11/18 at 3:31PM EST
Who will replace Kathie Lee Gifford on Today's fourth hour?
People magazine's suggestions include Al Roker, Jenna Bush Hager, Bethenny Frankel and fourth-hour regular John Cena.
Posted Tuesday 12/11/18 at 3:31PM EST
Ellen Pompeo called out Kathie Lee and Hoda for drinking hours before this morning's exit announcement
Source: Us Weekly
The Grey's Anatomy star tweeted last night in response to the Kathie Lee and Hoda Twitter account mentioning the news of Pompeo not speaking to Patrick Dempsey in years. "Hey here’s a suggestion!! Maybe all of you over there lay off the booze and pay attention to the real conversation that took place ?" Pompeo tweeted.
Posted Tuesday 12/11/18 at 10:34AM EST
Kathie Lee Gifford announces she's leaving Today after 11 years
Gifford announced her exit this morning during Today's fourth hour, which she has hosted with Hoda Kotb since April 7, 2008. Gifford will stay on through her 11th anniversary, saying goodbye with the the April 7, 2019 edition. “I’ve been here almost 11 years — I’m going to be leaving the Today show,” said an emotional Gifford. “This is an exciting time for me and I’m thrilled about all the projects that are coming up.” Gifford said she had originally planned to stay one year, but that she "fell in love" with co-host Kotb. “You’re just so special, Hoda,” Gifford said to an emotional Kotb. “Thank you so much...The minute you stepped into my life, everything changed." NBC News president Noah Oppenheim also announced the news in a memo to his staff. “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,” he wrote. 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.”
Posted Monday 10/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
Today's third hour kicks off its post-Megyn Kelly era
”We are starting a new chapter in the third hour of our show,” Hoda Kotb began the 9 a.m. hour, titled Today Third Hour, joined by Craig Melvin and Al Roker. Megyn Kelly's name wasn't mentioned. (Savannah Guthrie was in Pittsburgh to report on Saturday's synagogue shooting.) As Variety reports, "to ease the transition, NBC had Jenna Bush Hager stationed in Studio 6A, the studio that has been used to broadcast Megyn Kelly Today live. She picked up host duties after the show’s first 20 minutes. Producers wanted to close the first two hours as they always have – from the home base, Studio 1A – so they kicked off the 9 a.m. hour there." Hager was joined by Melvin and Roker as they did live segments about cooking and Halloween before a studio audience. Kelly's old set is expected to be used for much of Today's third hour going forward. As Lloyd Grove notes, "the drama surrounding Kelly—which had overwhelmed cable and social media for most of last week—was very much beside the point on Monday. Perhaps unavoidably, the inaugural Megyn-less program was a strange hodgepodge of grave foreboding and forced bonhomie."
Posted Thursday 10/11/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb are each getting their own Today digital series
Savannah’s Dressing Room Diaries will feature Guthrie interviewing celebrities and other newsmakers from her dressing room, while Quoted by Hoda will have Kotb discussing favorite quotes and words of wisdom with celebrities. NBC News says it wants to offer eight to 12 digital series per season, consisting of eight to 10 episodes.
Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 10:06PM EDT
The View wished Julie Chen well after her exit from The Talk, while Wendy Williams questioned her tears
Source: E! Online
Daytime TV had a range of responses to Chen's exit from The Talk. "I think it would be hard to be on that show and if you couldn't share so I sorta understood," Hoda Kotb said on Today. "She'll be missed on that show," Gayle King, Chen's colleague, said on CBS This Morning. On The View, Whoopi Goldberg wished Chen well, while Abby Huntsman said: "What I would love for her to do is to use that as an opportunity to be transparent, to be real, to talk to people about what maybe she's been through." Kathie Lee Gifford expressed sympathy for Chen on the 10am. Today show. "It always bugs me when they say the humiliated so-and-so. I'm capable of humiliating myself…She's not humiliated," said Gifford. "She's heartbroken. There's a big difference. You know what I'm saying?" Meanwhile, Wendy Williams questioned Chen's teary goodbye: "It's nice to know she watches 'Hot Topics,' where I said she should quit because she is a distraction," Wendy said. "She ended up crying towards the end but in my mind, those weren't tears because of the crew. In my opinion, she wasn't crying because of the cast and the crew and the staff and stuff. She was crying because now she has to go back to that compound and deal with that man and try to keep her son out of it. And there is no compound to me that is big enough." ALSO: Chen taped tonight's Big Brother episode on Tuesday, the same day she announced her Talk departure.
Posted Tuesday 9/04/18 at 3:42PM EDT
Craig Melvin joins Today's weekday lineup as news anchor
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Melvin, a rising star at NBC News who was previously considered a contender to replace Matt Lauer, recently stepped down as co-host of the Saturday version of Today. "I didn't have sisters growing up, so I'm looking forward to picking up two sisters every Monday through Friday," Melvin said this morning in formally joining Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on weekday Today. "The sisters you never wanted," added Guthrie.
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 10:57PM EDT
Kathie Lee Gifford to romance Craig Ferguson on the big screen
The 10 a.m. Today co-host has signed on for a rare non-"Kathie Lee Gifford" acting role in the movie Love Me to Death. She'll play a lonely widow named Annabelle who gets a second chance at love with the former Late Late Show host, who plays a "curmudgeonly Scotsman." Gifford will also write the lyrics to the movie's music.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
Hoda Kotb: Why I still keep in touch with Matt Lauer
Source: Page Six
“We keep in touch with him," the Today anchor tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I mean, look, this is one of those complex situations. I’ve known him since I started working at NBC (in 1998). When I was sick with breast cancer, he was the first to call. He helps and helped in ways that . . . you know, he was incredible in that way. There is that Matt and then there’s the Matt that the accusers speak of.”
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb will host NBC's Inside the Royal Wedding: Harry and Meghan
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The one-hour documentary special, airing May 16, will "lift the curtain on the most talked-about nuptials of the year." ALSO: PBS announces a five-night Royal Wedding Watch.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 2:28PM EDT
Jimmy Fallon dressed a Kenny Rogers to serenade Hoda and Kathie Lee on their 10th anniversary
Source: USA Today
Fallon as Rogers sang "Through the Years" on the 10 a.m. Today show as Hoda Kotb recalled telling Kathie Lee Gifford “you and I are going to be lifetime friends" after their first meeting in 2008.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 4:27AM EDT
Kathy Lee Gifford recalls originally rejecting her Today job
Source: Page Six
Gifford, celebrating the 10th anniversary of her pairing with Hoda Kotb, recalls thinking "I would rather rip my toenails out than have to do that" when viewing the show's first incarnation consisting of Kotb, Ann Curry and Natalie Morales.
Posted Monday 1/29/18 at 2:45PM EST
Wendy Williams: It’s “now beneath” Hoda Kotb to continue hosting Today’s fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford
Source: Hollywood Life
“How much longer do you think Hoda’s going to stick around and drink wine on that fourth hour?” asked Williams on Monday’s show. “It is now beneath her to be there. Let Kathie Lee find some other socialite to sit with. Hoda, you’re in the news room now.”