It was a heartbreaking morning for a number of the Today Show fans when news broke that Kathie Lee Gifford would be leaving in the spring of 2019. According to her official memo, her final episode will be April 7, 2019.
The 65-year-old television host made her official announcement on December 11. “I have something to share with everybody, and it’s bittersweet as these things always are. It’s an exciting time for me, and I’m thrilled about all the projects that are coming up. But it’s also hard...because I love everybody here so much.”
She continued: “I’ve been in this business 120 years and never worked with a more beautiful group of people who just give, give, give every day. Four hours of live television every day, five days a week. We have fun and we laugh and we support one another and we know each other’s kids names and we know when someone’s having a colonoscopy. We know everything! We do life together.”
While this did come as a shock to thousands, her devout fans were also very happy to know that she will continue to chase her dreams. An inside source elaborated: “She would always say, ‘This is my last year,’ but nobody ever thought she was actually going to leave. Now that she’s really leaving, it’s just really sad.”
Despite the heartbreak of this sudden news, the Today Show will still be going on. That leaves us all with one burning question? Who will be her replacement? After a great deal of buzz, a very possible nomination for the spot has been leaked.
“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 [Bush Hager],” the source states.
Jenna Hager Bush is no stranger to the Today Show stage. In fact, according to an inside source, “She’s in the mix because she’s a favorite among viewers and staffers and she has already filled in for Kathie Lee every time she has been away.”
While no one ever thought we’d see the day that Kathie Lee Gifford would no longer be the face of Today, it does sound like they’ve got an ace up their sleeve. Only time will tell who the official replacement will be!