According to sources, the producers at “Today” are already eyeing Kathie Lee Gifford’s replacement.
Gifford announced on Tuesday’s fourth hour of the morning show that she will be leaving this April. But in light of her departure, NBC executives are reportedly looking at Jenna Bush Hager to step into the co-host’s shoes.
“There’s still the fourth hour, but nothing has been determined about her replacement. She’s here until April anyway. But it’s looking like Jenna,” a source told People.
Our ET Canada poll has had similar findings, with Bush garnering over 60 per cent of the vote so far:
Hager has worked for the network since 2009.
“She’s in the mix because she is a favourite among viewers and staffers and she has already filled in for Kathie Lee every time she’s been away,” the source explained.
“We adore you KLG. Thanks for your love, friendship and for your hilarity. You will be dearly missed,” Hager, 37, tweeted after Gifford’s announcement.
But fans don’t have to worry, Gifford’s co-host and fellow wine-connoisseur Hoda Kotb will remain on the show. “Hoda will stay on,” the source says, adding, “People would freak out if she left the fourth hour, too.”
Gifford will leave the network on her 11th anniversary with NBC.