Kathie Lee Gifford Makes Major Announcement, Fans in Mourning

December 11, 2018Dec 11, 2018

Kathie Lee Gifford just made a major announcement. The iconic "Today" show host will be leaving the show next April, reported CNN. 

"As we all know, Kathie Lee's plate has been overflowing lately with film, music and book projects, and after giving us eleven extraordinary years, she's decided to focus her attention full-time on those other creative endeavors," NBC News President Noah Oppenheim wrote in an internal memo Tuesday morning.

Oppenheim called Gifford a "legend" for her "enduring and endearing talents in morning television." The beloved TV personality co-hosted "Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee" from 1985 until 2000. In 2008, she began co-hosting the 10 a.m. hour of "Today" with Hoda Kotb.

In the coming months, NBC will have to rework both the 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. hours. In October, 9 a.m. host Megyn Kelly was taken off the air.

However, Gifford's exit is not forced or under controversy. She's leaving under happy circumstances.

"We look forward to celebrating her in the months to come," Oppenheim wrote on Tuesday.

Gifford will focus on her other roles, which include songwriter, singer, producer, author, and actress. She has a movie in the works called "Then Came You."

"I have something to share with everybody," Gifford said at the start of Tuesday's show. "It's bittersweet, as these things always are. But, I've been here almost 11 years. Thought I would stay one year. Something happened along the way: I fell in love with a beautiful Egyptian goddess," she said referring to Kotb.

"And now, when it's our 11th anniversary, I'm going to be leaving the 'Today' show," Gifford continued. "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 the reason I stayed longer than a year is because I love everybody here so much."

In a statement, she added, "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."

Her fans took to Twitter to mourn her exit. They are sad that they won't see her on TV almost every day.