Kathie Lee Gifford is departing the “Today” show after 11 years.
In an email sent to NBC staffers, the network announced Gifford will stay through the morning show’s next anniversary, April 7, 2019.
“In 2008, I joined the ‘Today Show’ family intending to spend one year. But something unexpected happened along the way: I fell in love with a beautiful, talented, extraordinary Egyptian goddess named Hoda, and an amazing group of individuals who work tirelessly and joyfully at their jobs, many of them starting at midnight, creating an unprecedented four hours of live television.
“I stayed year after year making a million memories with people I will never forget. I leave ‘Today’ with a grateful heart but I’m truly excited for this new creative season in my life. Many thanks to all the wonderful people who made the years fly by,” Gifford told NBC News president Noah Oppenheim, according to the memo.
Gifford also thanked her longtime co-host Hoda Kotb and fans during Tuesday’s 10 a.m. hour.
“I want to thank everybody who has watched us all these years as well,” she said.
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