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BREAKING: Kathie Lee Gifford Announces She’s Leaving the Today Show

After nearly 11 years as co-host of the fourth hour of NBC’s Today Show, Kathie Lee Gifford will step aside this April.

In an emotional announcement made during Tuesday’s broadcast, Gifford made the announcement seated next to her longtime colleague Hoda Kotb.

“It’s bittersweet as these things always are, but I have been here almost 11 years. Thought I would stay one year,” Gifford said. She added, “When it’s our 11th anniversary (in April), I’m gonna be leaving the Today show.”

In a statement (via John Koblin of The New York Times), NBC News President Noah Oppenheim said that Kotb — who already co-anchors Today from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m — will remain in the 10:00 a.m. hour as well.

“Kathie Lee is generously staying with us through the show’s next anniversary, April 7, 2019. We will have much more to share before then about our plans for that hour, which will, of course, continue to include Hoda.”

Watch above, via NBC.

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