Kathie Lee Gifford is leaving “Today” after co-hosting the fourth hour of the morning show for more than a decade.
The 65-year-old announced the sad news on Tuesday’s show, saying she’d be stepping down on her 11th anniversary in April 2019.
Gifford got emotional as she thanked the “Today” team next to a tearful Hoda Kotb, with her crediting the job for changing her life.
Kotb added, “The moment you stepped into my life everything changed.”
NBC News chief Noah Oppenheim also said, according to Deadline: “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 11 extraordinary years, she’s decided to focus her attention full-time on those other creative endeavours.
“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.”
Social media users bombarded Gifford will well-wishes after she confirmed the news on air.
See some of the online reaction below.