Kathie Lee Gifford shocked her “Today” show devotees when she shared on Tuesday morning that she’d be leaving the indicate for good.
Alongside an emotional Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee and her co-host of 10 years reminisced about the marvelous hours they’ve had together ever since they intersected tracks in 2008.
The chief of NBC News, Noah Oppenheim, had revealed the big news in an email only moments before the co-hosts went lives on air.
“The minute you stepped into “peoples lives” with both feet, everything changed, ” said Hoda through tears, remarking that everything good that has happened to her has been somehow been differentiated by Kathie Lee’s admission into her life.
“I recollect reasoning,’ How does one person step into your life and change it like that? ‘” she added. “And you did that for me.”
But Hoda wasn’t the only one thankful for the blessed relationship that has molded them into kindred spirits over the last decade.
“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, ” said Kathie Lee.
“We’re going to be friends for the rest of “peoples lives”, ” she continued. “And I’m grateful to God for you. God’s used you in “peoples lives” every bit as much as he’s used me in yours, sweety. That’s the behavior it runs. No crumbs on His table.”
It turns out, Kathie Lee simply had intentions to stay with “Today” for one year, but her deep connection to Hoda kept her there much longer.
Kathie Lee will remain[ to co-host] “Today” with Hoda until April 7, 2019 — the day that differentiates her[ 11] -year anniversary on the show.
The grateful 65 -year-old also devoted a shoutout to devotees who have followed them since their humble beginnings 😛 TAGEND
“I want to thank anybody who’s watched us all these years as well because we started out as like nothing … and we therefore outside on the plaza and high winds was blowing and the cards were flying. It was a disaster.”
In Oppenheim’s email, he relayed to staff the various reasons that Kathie Lee would be stepping away from the display 😛 TAGEND
“As we all know, Kathie Lee’s plate has been overflowing lately with cinema, music, and book programmes, and after making us eleven[ sic] extraordinary years, she’s decided to focus her attention full-time on those other creative endeavors.”
Kathie Lee recently released a volume entitled “The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi” and is soon to be singing and acting in a cinema entitled “Then Came You”. On top of a new children’s book and other charity endeavors, the woman of many flairs certainly has her hands full in the years to come.
“If you’re not being artistic, you die on the vine, ” said Kathie Lee the day after announcing she was leaving. “I want to do something beautiful, and brand new and learn something brand new on the day I die.”
See more from Kathie Lee and Hoda’s bittersweet goodbye in the video clip below: