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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 Tuesday 6/12/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Report: NBC is considering swapping Megyn Kelly's timeslot with Kathie Lee and Hoda
Source: Page Six
Megyn Kelly Today would move to the 10 a.m. hour and Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb’s popular Today hour would go to 9 a.m. under a proposal being discussed at NBC News, according to Page Six. Since premiering last fall, Megyn Kelly Today has struggled in its timeslot.
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Joel McHale meets his Today show "nemesis" Donnadorable
McHale brought his Netflix show "feud" to the 10 a.m. Today hour, meeting the morning show's personality who is also known as Donna Farizan. Donnadorable has become the source of numerous jokes on The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale. ALSO: Kathie Lee Gifford gets up for Today at 2 a.m. everyday without an alarm clock.
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 Friday 3/16/18 at 3:07PM EDT
Kathie Lee Gifford: "I hate the male-bashing that’s going on in the world today"
Source: Us Weekly
Days after saying she won't judge her friends Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby, the Today host blasted "male-bashing" in an interview with SiriusXM's Michelle Collins. “I hate the male-bashing that’s going on in the world today,” Gifford said, according to Us Weekly, which added that she was likely referring to the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements. “There are a lot of wonderful men," she said, adding: “I hate this whole thing of where, ‘I’m not going to be happy until there’s not a good man left standing.’”
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 5:20AM EDT
Despite Kathie Lee Gifford's experiences with sexual misconduct, she reached out to "friends" Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby
Source: The Daily Beast
“I just want people to know I don’t judge them. I don’t like what they do, but God knows their hearts and there’s hope for them," the Today co-host told Andy Cohen on his SiriusXM radio show. “You can’t call yourself a friend if the first minute there’s trouble, you run. That’s called a fair-weather friend and that’s not a friend at all." Gifford added: "I, personally, since I got into this business, as a teenage girl, I have been sexually harassed, I have been sexually abused and I have been date raped. Don’t tell me they’re all the same, because they are not. They are not the same. Unless you’ve been through it and you can say they are the same, then fine. Not the same to me.”
Posted Monday 2/19/18 at 11:12PM EST
Report: Hoda and Kathie Lee's audience is forced to sit in Megyn Kelly Today's audience
Source: Page Six
It turns out that the last two hours of the Today show share the same audience members, and some think think having to watch Megyn Kelly to see Hoda and Kathie Lee amounts to "being held hostage."
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.”
Posted Wednesday 1/03/18 at 6:00PM EST
Why Hoda Kotb isn’t making Matt Lauer’s salary: “TV thrives on paying new people in old positions significantly less”
There are exceptions like Megyn Kelly, but salaries usually grow the longer a person stays in a particular position. That's according to Brian Steinberg, who explains why, in her new role as Today co-anchor, Kotb will be earning $7 million, compared to predecessor Lauer's reported $25 million a year. “While the optics of the financial arrangement have spurred a very worthwhile and necessary discussion about compensation parity among men and women in the media business,” he says, “the simple fact is that Kotb is being treated much like almost any other anchor or host who takes over a coveted and long-held post on a venerable TV program. TV networks often see opportunity in such transitions, because it typically means a cutback in salary outlay. It’s a fair gamble, for example, that Stephen Colbert wasn’t given David Letterman’s salary upon taking over CBS’ Late Show, or that Trevor Noah was not immediately handed Jon Stewart’s financial arrangement upon being given the reins to Comedy Central’s Daily Show. Lauer, no doubt, wasn’t immediately festooned with Bryant Gumbel’s paycheck when he graduated to a Today co-anchor slot in 1997.”
- Kotb tells People: "I'm not making Matt Lauer money. Not even close”
- Why neither Matt Lauer nor Hoda Kotb deserve to making $25 million a year
- Kotb has “overperformed” in her role, having worked at NBC News for 20 years while bringing big numbers to Today's 10 a.m. hour for a decade
- Kotb deserves a larger salary since she’s "pulling double duty” as she continues co-hosting the 10 a.m. hour
- TV veterans say Kotb’s promotion was “not that complicated” and “there was no one else”
- Al Roker shuts down a Twitter troll who wanted “a seasoned man” to replace Matt Lauer
Posted Wednesday 11/08/17 at 2:45PM EST
Joe Biden will appear on all four hours of Monday’s Today show
The former vice president will sit with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie on the 7 a.m. hour to promote his new book, he’ll take questions on the 8 a.m. hour, Megyn Kelly will interview him at 9 a.m. and he'll hang with Kathie Lee and Hoda at 10 a.m. That same night, Biden will be a guest on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show.