Kathie Lee Gifford leaving 'Today'

Kathie Lee Gifford announced Tuesday that she plans to leave “Today” next year after 11 years on the morning talk show.

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On Tuesday, Gifford called her upcoming departure “bittersweet.”

"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 said.

Gifford said she planned to stay for only a year after joining “Today” in 2008 as co-host of the show’s final hour. She said it was because of her co-host, Hoda Kotb, that she stayed longer.

“I fell in love with a beautiful, talented, extraordinary Egyptian goddess named Hoda,” Gifford said Tuesday.

In a memo to staff, NBC News president Noah Oppenheim said Gifford will be with the show until April 7, 2019, according to The New York Times and Deadline Hollywood.


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