When Kathie Lee Gifford is leaving the fourth hour of ‘Today’

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Kathie Lee Gifford is leaving the fourth hour of “Today” in April 2019, the network announced in an internal memo.

  • Gifford has hosted the fourth hour of “Today” for 11 years.
  • The fourth hour of “Today” originally debuted in September 2007.
  • Originally hosted by Ann Curry, Natalie Morales and Hoda Kotb, Gifford replaced Curry and Morales in April 2008.
  • Over time, the show evolved into its own distinct brand — though still using the “Today” name.
  • Although produced by NBC News, the show is known for being the most lighthearted of the hours — with running jokes such as “Winesday Wednesday.”
  • Gifford previously co-hosted “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee” for 15 years, from 1985–2000.