NBC names Kathie Lee Gifford’s replacement on fourth hour of ‘Today’

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NBC News has announced its pick to replace Kathie Lee Gifford on the fourth hour of “Today.”

  • In a move suspected by many, Jenna Bush Hager has been announced as the permanent replacement for Gifford.
  • Hager joined NBC News as a special correspondent in 2009.
  • Over time, her presence was elevated on the show, including appearances during the first two hours.
  • She also appeared regularly on “Today Third Hour,” the network’s replacement for “Megyn Kelly Today.”
  • In addition, she has become one of several de-facto substitute anchors for when Kotb or Gifford are out.
  • With this announcement, it appears NBC is planning to keep Kotb, who also anchors the first two hours of the show, in the fourth hour slot.
  • Hager is one of two twin daughters of former president George W. Bush and granddaughter of the late and former president George H.W. Bush.