Kathie Lee Gifford quit the Today show live on air Tuesday.
She made the announcement during the fourth hour of the morning program alongside cohost Hoda Kotb.
“Okay, I have something to share with everybody,” she began. “It’s bittersweet as these things always are, but I have been here almost 11 years. Thought I would stay one year. Something happened along the way and [I] fell in love with a beautiful Egyptian goddess, and when it’s our 11th anniversary I will be leaving the Today show. I know. It’s an exciting time for me and I’m thrilled about the projects coming up, but it’s also hard because the reason I stayed longer than a year is because I love everybody here.”
“I have 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 five days a week,” she continued. “We laugh and support one another and know each other’s kids’ names and know when somebody is having a colonoscopy. We do life and nobody more so than my Hoda. It’s going to be the same as my Regis [Philbin]. I’m closer to him now than after 15 years together. You don’t share that life together and not be changed forever by it. I love you, Hoda mama. First you were just Hoda, remember?”
While Kathie Lee mentioned she is excited to work on a few projects after leaving Today, RadarOnline.com reported last month that NBC may be letting her go from the show as it seeks out a younger audience.
To see Kathie’s emotional speech, watch the video above.
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