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‘Today Show’s’ Hoda Kotb Just Made a Big Announcement

Hoda Kotb of the Today Show and Today with Hoda and Jenna has been on maternity leave since April, making some fans wonder (and worry) that she may not be returning to the news desk. Kotb recently phoned in to the morning news program to make an announcement regarding her return.

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Enjoying family life

Kotb left for her maternity leave after adopting her second daughter, Hope Katherine, with boyfriend Joel Schiffman in April. In a previous video call on the show, the news anchor spoke of how she was enjoying the normal day-to-day routine of family life. “I feel like I’ve lived 54 years and I’ve loved every minute of it, but if there’s a window or a moment in my life that has mattered more than anything, it’s right now,” she said on the call, according to Today.com.

Her long absence has concerned her loyal fans that she may decide to leave the news desk to focus on her family full time. Kotb acknowledged the length of time she’d been gone from the morning news show. “I know it’s sort of weird that I’m taking this much time, but I just feel like sometimes in life you don’t know how much of your kids’ lives you’re gonna be able to see,” she said on the previous video call. “But I would say to myself, ‘I’m not gonna miss right now. This is a moment in time that I’m trying to freeze — I’m trying to remember everything.”

Breaking news

While Kotb is clearly enjoying her time with Schiffman, baby Hope, and daughter Haley Joy (whom the couple adopted in February 2017), she apparently is getting the itch to go back to the set with her fellow co-hosts.

“There hasn’t been a second that I haven”t loved (with the kids). I loved it all. But the other big realization I had on this maternity leave is how much I love you guys,” she said by phone to her co-anchors on Today.

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Posting a video to Instagram Tuesday morning, Kotb delivered the news her fans have been longing to hear. “Hi guys. Guess what? It’s time to get my roots done. I’m coming back to work. I’m gonna be there on September the 3rd. Right after Labor Day. You guys, I’m so excited,” she said.

Kotb let her followers know that while they have missed her, the feeling is mutual. “Look, I’m not gonna lie, this probably has been the best summer of my entire life with these two kids. I’ve loved every second of it,” she said, then added, “But you know what else I’m gonna love? Coming back to you guys. So I am gettin’ ready. I’m setting my alarm, 3:15 a.m. OK? We’ll be back in business. I love you guys. I cannot wait to see you.”

The television journalist also shared her excitement on being reunited with her Today team. “I always knew how awesome our Today show family is, but you don’t really realize it until you step away for a minute and then you think to yourself, ‘Wow, I get to go back to that,’” she said on the call to the studio.

Getting and giving advice

Jenna Bush Hager, Kotb’s new co-host on Today with Hoda and Jenna, also just left for maternity leave after having a baby boy. Hager replaced Kotb’s longtime co-anchor and friend Kathie Lee Gifford, also in April. Kotb shared some advice that she got from Gifford about not letting work weigh on her mind during her time away. “ gave me words of wisdom: ‘When you establish a show, it’s been established. It’s a great show and it’s going to be a great show,’ ” she told to People.

The advice was good enough to pass on, which she did to Hager when it was her turn to take her leave. “I told , ‘Be there, be in the moment. When you step back into work, you will be with us.’”

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Kotb also realizes that while she has savored these moments with her family, there is a lot of hard work that goes into raising children. “It’s not a vacation. I worked harder on maternity leave than I did at work,” she said, according to People. “You’re up at the crack of dawn, and you’re up all hours. Stay-at-home moms should be called work-at-home moms. You are up all the time. We post stuff on Instagram from the beach, but it’s work. But it’s the best work. It’s the best work I did in my life. I don’t know if my kids will remember it, but … I will always remember.”

Fans can mark their calendars for Kotb’s return to Today on September 3!

Hoda Kotb is back on NBC. The Today anchor spent her first day back at work Tuesday morning after welcoming her and boyfriend Joel Schiffman’s second daughter, Hope, in April. Kotb joined her co-anchors Savannah Guthrie, Carson Daly, Al Roker and Dylan Dreyer back in the studio following her maternity leave.

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— TODAY (@TODAYshow) September 3, 2019

Kotb, 55, shared several Instagram messages celebrating her first day back at work, writing that it felt like “Christmas morning.” In one post that consisted of a few photos from set, she wrote, “I don’t deserve this much love. Thank you xx.”

Not only did her co-stars welcome her back with open arms, several of Kotb’s famous friends sent their well wishes as well via video, including Julia Roberts, Thomas Rhett, Meghan Trainor, Carrie Underwood and even New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

“Welcome home.” There are a few other people that wanted to share how happy they were about @hodakotb’s return from maternity leave! pic.twitter.com/WvFkDHE8F9

— TODAY (@TODAYshow) September 3, 2019

An extra-special message came from Kotb’s new 10 a.m. hour co-host Jenna Bush Hager, who is on her own maternity leave after welcoming her third child, son Henry “Hal” Harold.

“Bu enow you’re back to your other family and you were so, so missed. Welcome home,” Bush Hager concluded.

During Tuesday’s broadcast, Kotb told Guthrie, Roker and Daly about how she felt coming back to work.

“I was thinking about it when I was sitting with Haley last night… I’ve had the best five months I could have ever imagined my life. I didn’t know what i was missing. And I was also excited to come back,” she began.

“I’m 55 and I get to be with them. I know it was a lot of time to take off, and I felt a little bad about it, but in reality, life is a blink. And you get this moment and so I decided that I was gonna take it. And when I’m at work, I’m gonna be 100 percent here,” she continued. “But I have to say, those kids have taught me so much. Like Haley introduced me to an escalator; I didn’t even know it was awesome until she said, ‘Look Mama, the stairs are going up! I was like, ‘Oh wow! That IS awesome!’ Or she walks up to a stranger on the street and goes, ‘I have pockets!’ I was like, ‘She has pockets!'”

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“It’s the smallest, tiniest, littlest things, and it just reminded me, just sit in it a little bit if you can.”

“But I’m happy to be here. I have to tell you, walking in the door this morning made me feel so good and seeing your face in the makeup room and seeing your face, Al, and you, Carson, it just filled me up,” Kotb said. “Who’s luckier than me?”

“Today” co-anchor Hoda Kotb announced Tuesday that she is returning to the NBC morning show on Sept. 3, following her maternity leave for her second adoption.

“Hi, guys! Guess what? … I’m coming back to work!” Kotb, 55, said in an Instagram video. “I’m going to be there on September the third, right after Labor Day. You guys, I’m so excited. Look, I’m not going to lie, this probably has been the best summer of my entire life with these two kids. I’ve loved every second of it. But you know what else I’m going to love? Coming back to you guys. So I am getting ready. I’m setting my alarm, 3:15 a.m., OK? We’ll be back in business, alright?” she said, professing love for her audience and blowing them a kiss.

In April, Kotb announced during a call-in interview with her show that she had adopted a baby girl she named Hope Catherine Kotb. The newswoman had made a similar call to “Today” in February 2017 to say she had adopted an infant daughter she named Haley Joy Kotb, who had been born on that Valentine’s Day.

Kotb, who has no children with her ex-husband, tennis coach Burzis Kanga, has been in a relationship since 2013 with financier Joel Schiffman. She announced in October 2016 that the two were moving in together. Schiffman has a grown daughter, Kyle Schiffman.

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On May 30, 1966, Dolly Parton married asphalt contractor Carl Dean. The two have been together ever since, despite seeming to have little in common –Parton’s created hit albums, starred in movies and appeared on television, while Dean’s preferred to live away from the spotlight. However, Parton understood her husband’s desire for privacy, even as she became more and more famous, and Dean remained proud of his wife’s career, even when it drew unwanted attention his way. Though their marriage may appear unconventional to outsiders, it’s survived thanks to their mutual love and respect.

They met outside a laundromat

Parton was surprised when husband-to-be Dean entered her life. “I met him the first day I got to Nashville, in 1964. I graduated on a Friday night, went to Nashville on a Saturday morning with dirty clothes and I went to a Laundromat looking for anything but love. I had just left two boyfriends back home,” she told Interview in 1984. As for Dean, it was love at first sight. He revealed: “My first thought was ‘I’m gonna marry that girl. My second thought was, ‘Lord she’s good lookin.'”

Though love wasn’t featured in her plans, Parton also felt an instant connection with Dean, so she invited him to visit her at her aunt and uncle’s, where she was staying. Dean came every day for a week, then took her to meet his parents on their first real date.

Carl Dean and Dolly Parton on their wedding day.

Photo: Courtesy of Dolly Parton

Parton’s record label didn’t want her to get married

Dean had to enlist in the army soon after he started seeing Parton. They stayed in touch during his service and got engaged after his two years in the military were up. However, fearful of a negative impact on her career, Parton’s record label didn’t want her to get married at that time. But the singer, who’s said, “I was so in love with Carl I couldn’t see straight,” was determined to tie the knot. To keep their wedding news under wraps, the pair went to Georgia for a small ceremony, which took place on May 30, 1966.

Dean had been supportive of Parton’s dreams while they were dating, and marriage didn’t alter this fact – the morning after their wedding, she got up early for a radio appearance. The couple also delayed a honeymoon because Parton had other commitments. “He understood that I had to do what I had come to Nashville to do,” she said of Dean in 1976. “He never tried to make me give it up.”

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Dean has inspired many of Parton’s hits

Dean’s support for Parton’s career didn’t extend to controlling it. “He never interferes with me businesswise,” Parton told Playboy in 1978. “That’s why I hire managers.” Instead, her husband concentrated on his own asphalt paving business. In fact, Dean apparently didn’t really enjoy his wife’s music. “He likes hard rock, he likes Led Zeppelin and bluegrass music, so my music is somewhere in between,” Parton shared on Good Morning Britain in 2019. “He doesn’t dislike it, but he doesn’t go out of his way to play my records, let’s put it that way.”

Yet Dean has played a role in his wife’s songs. The hit “Jolene” is partly based on a bank teller who flirted with him. And Parton wrote “Just Because I’m a Woman” in response to her new husband’s disappointment when he learned she’d had sex with other men before meeting him. Plus Dean has been the inspiration for Parton love songs such as “From Here to the Moon and Back,” “Forever Love,” “Say Forever You’ll Be Mine” and “Tomorrow is Forever.” The notoriously private Dean is also on the album cover for Parton’s My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy.

Carl Dean and Dolly Parton

Photo: Courtesy of Dolly Parton

Dean’s taken extreme measures to maintain his privacy

Despite his album cover appearance, Dean has consistently avoided Parton’s celebrity lifestyle. After attending an awards ceremony in 1966, he reportedly told her, “I love you, and I will support you in your career any way I can, but I am not going to any more of these wingdings.” Parton accepted where her husband was coming from. “He knows if he ever started doing interviews and if people started photographing him and all that, then he wouldn’t be able to go to the auto parts store or the ballgames and the places he wants to go without bein’ bothered,” she said in 1981.

Over the years, Dean has taken steps to maintain his private life. When Parton made her movie debut in 1980’s 9 to 5, her husband skipped the Nashville premiere (he did see the movie on his own). The Dollywood theme park opened in 1986 with no pictures of Dean on display, as he’d only been willing to be photographed with a bag over his head. If reporters staked out his and Parton’s home and tried to talk to Dean, he’d sometimes tell them he wasn’t the star’s elusive husband — he was the gardener.

Parton was accused of her marriage being a cover-up for another relationship

Because Dean hasn’t often been seen with Parton, questions arose about the nature of their relationship. Some fans speculated that the marriage is a cover-up for Parton’s love affair with lifelong friend Judy Ogle. Parton has relied heavily on Ogle, including during a time in the 1980s when she was unwell and didn’t want to worry Dean with the full extent of her health problems, but she’s scoffed at the idea of a romance. “She’s not my lover; she has never been my lover,” Parton told Vanity Fair in 1991. “If we were lovers I would not be ashamed of it, I’d just say there’s a great love between us — so there.”

Though tabloids wrote that Parton had been drawn into an affair with her The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) co-star Burt Reynolds, Dean wasn’t upset by the accusations. In 2015, Parton told Parade, “He’s very secure within himself. He’s never been jealous.” And while Parton has admitted that during the 1980s she was devastated by what she termed her “affair of the heart,” she also explained, “We’re not afraid that one of us is gonna run off with somebody else, because we couldn’t find in nobody else what we found in each other.”

Photo: Courtesy of Dolly Parton

Parton admits they’re ‘complete opposite’

Talking about Dean to People in 2015, Parton admitted, “We’re completely opposite, but that’s what makes it fun. I never know what he’s gonna say or do. He’s always surprising me.” They laugh together and accept one another as-is. Dean doesn’t care for flying, so Parton doesn’t ask him to (apart from one trip to Hawaii). And in Parton’s view, their frequent separations may have strengthened their marriage: “Nobody likes somebody to be stuck in their face all the time — that’s why we get along so good, because when we are together we have a good time.”

The couple hasn’t spent every moment apart, as Dean sometimes saw Parton on tour. One time he even joined her background singers for a performance. Plus Parton is always happy to head back home to see her husband. She says that when they reunite, “He loves to hear about the things I do. I love to hear about the things he does. So we enjoy each other’s company. We get along good.”

Dean calls Parton the ‘love of my life’

Parton and Dean — who call each other “Daddy” and “Mama” — share a union that works for them. They don’t regret a lack of children, having many nieces, nephews and godchildren to focus on. And they’re comfortable with each other. “I know every line in his face and he knows every hair in my wig,” Parton said in 2014.

In 2016, in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary, Parton and Dean renewed their vows. That same year, Dean stated, “I wouldn’t trade the last 50 years for nothing on this earth.” Parton declared in 2015, “Not everyone is lucky enough to be with someone for 50 years, but I have been. He has been the love of my life and the life of my love.”

Kathie Lee Gifford’s ‘Today’ Show Farewell: God, Wine, Hoda, and Shameless Self-Promotion

It ended—and really, how could it end any other way—with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb’s foreheads softly touching, tears, clutched tissues, God, wine, and shameless self-promotion. Oh, and Barry Manilow.

The final episode of the fourth hour of NBC’s Today show with Kathie Lee Gifford was, for fans of the fourth hour of the Today show with Kathie Lee Gifford, a bit of a damp squib.

If anyone could be over-farewelled, it has been Gifford, whose departure from NBC has been a bizarrely drawn-out diva’s farewell. One senses, given all of NBC Today’s more negative or sudden departures—Matt Lauer, Megyn Kelly, Tamron Hall—that this soft-focus “we love you,” multi-day affair was deliberate over-compensation.

This final show came from a studio which looked like the same subterranean layer where Megyn Kelly presented her doomed exercise in cooking segments and racial controversy. A studio audience was judged to have been required.

The grand poobahs of NBC News were in attendance, ex-Today show producer Jim Bell and NBC News President Noah Oppenheim.

So was Cody, Gifford’s son, but not Cassidy, her daughter, who was away working. There was a studio audience, and Dean Cain in an animal mask; when Kathie Lee hasn’t presented at 10 a.m., apparently he and his astonishingly dark hair and tanned face—sort of like Elvis if Elvis had been an accountant—has been the most used with-Hoda co-host.

At one point, it seemed like Cassidy was to be her mom’s surprise guest. But no, that honor went to Barry Manilow. And then, at the end, came—most emphatically and not unexpectedly—God.

For fans of Today, it feels like Kathie Lee has been saying goodbye to the show for a very long time. First came the announcement at the end of last year; then followed months of scattered appearances of her on the fourth hour. If she wasn’t there, her replacement, Jenna Bush Hager, sat next to Kotb; or Sheinelle Jones or Carson Daly. She was there and not-there.

And this week, including this final show, there have been two distinct goodbye modes: one, the woozy ongoing farewell from the main Today show, which has been extensive. At each of these, Kotb has appeared close to tears, both women have professed their love and care for one another; and the same clips of them from 11 years ago and their first show have been replayed.

On one day, they were made to wear the same-colored coats they wore that day, and the screen split (Kotb manipulated her bangs to mimic her style of those years ago).

The second mode of the Kathie Lee Gifford NBC farewell, which was most on display on Friday morning, has been about what lies ahead for Kathie Lee Gifford. And for this relentless advertising, many congratulations to Gifford’s agent for insisting NBC accord Gifford all this free me, me, me airtime.

If you have been anywhere near Gifford’s never-ending farewell, you will know that any segment about said farewell includes a full rundown on the latest status of Then Came You, the film she’s making with Craig Ferguson (there was a clip on Friday’s final show), a new project (mentioned on this final show) which will be another film, this one based on Jimmy Wayne’s book Walk to Beautiful, and then—and really, well done to Gifford’s agent—NBC allowed her to plug both her 30-plus year relationship with Carnival Cruises and her wine brand GIFFT, which—YES—will now both be in commercial symbiosis.

Gifford herself said in this final show that she couldn’t believe she could so shamelessly promote her products, but it was her last day, so haha, she did.

For the last few months, Gifford has, for all the tissues she has clutched, also been making it extremely clear that it’s not only time to move on, but these things are what she is moving on to.

There may be real warmth at NBC among the presenters—to fans they are sold again and again as “family”—but there are also commercial imperatives stitched seamlessly into the chairs and sofas they companionably perch on.

Gifford is not alone in this; when Savannah Guthrie or Kotb publish a book, the show becomes its own Barnes & Noble.

The last few days of the fourth hour have really been all about Kotb and Gifford, and their friendship: misty-eyed memories and tributes have flowed thick and slow.

Their fans know them as two pals who neck wine (they don’t really) at 10 a.m. Kotb says Gifford changed her life; Gifford says her “Hoda-mama” or “Hodie,” is a “bright spark” who has changed hers. There have been rumors of feuding, which don’t look true. If they are, they make the last few weeks especially Oscar-winning for both women.

In their 11 years together, Kotb has fallen in love and adopted a child, Gifford has lost her husband. Kotb has also became an anchor on the main show following Lauer’s departure, and it was obvious to viewers a few years ago—with Gifford’s odd absences, and just a general air of upheaval—that the 10 a.m. show was changing.

Their chemistry has made brilliant morning television. Their show is ushered in by a mock-jaded thing they once said: “How do we do it, day after day?” And the truth is, they made the 10 a.m. hour a brilliant, welcoming hour of television—mercilessly mocked for its boozy signifiers and Gifford-led zaniness for sure, but viewers bought, and celebrated, the women’s relationship and what it stood for when it came to women’s friendships more generally.

The chemistry may have happened naturally, but successful TV shows, particularly built around a relationship like theirs, take work and two professionals being very good at their jobs.

On Friday, both women wore red jumpsuits. Flo Rida sang a rap-style medley (“Is it ‘Flo’ or ‘Rida?’” asked Gifford.) On the table were glasses of wine, of course, and also champagne cocktails. The pair wondered why their show had worked. “We respected the audience,” said Gifford. “We know you guys are fed up of bad news by the time you turn us on.”

When Kotb said the show’s success was because of Gifford, Gifford shot back it was only after she left it that the ABC morning show she did with Regis Philbin won Daytime Emmys.

Oppenheim and Bell had not yet sent her flowers or gifts.

“It’s not too late,” she said.

When it came time to promote her wine partnership with Carnival Cruises, she smashed a bottle of fizz against the desk. Shards of not-glass and fizz promptly created a storm of mess. Gifford joked it was in her line of “bashing the crap” out of things.

Then, an Oprah moment. A winner of a Carnival Cruise was soon joined in victory by the whole studio audience, who went wild when Gifford announced it.

“They thought they were getting a car,” she said wittily invoking Winfrey’s infamous extravagance.

The second segment was ushered in with a burst of Meghan Trainor’s bright ditty, “Wake up with Kathie Lee and Hoda,” never to be heard again.

Regis Philbin appeared on video to pay tribute, and say how excited he was by Gifford’s future plans.

Gifford made it clear that she was looking for a distributor for Then Came You, and then showed a strange display of tool belts and dog chains, stuff from that movie apparently, “and as close to a porn star as I’m ever gonna get.” This was next-level selling.

John Cena popped up with a trivia quiz: Apparently, the women had been served 5,300 glasses of wine in the last 11 years, Jennifer Aniston had never appeared on their show, and Chelsea Handler had drunk a Martini when she had guested.

Then Al Roker revealed some other guests in masks. Everyone bought bouquets, and said what a genius, legend, and all-round star Gifford was.

Gifford immediately knew it was Manilow behind a screen in shadow. When it was so revealed, he in glittery burgundy jacket, he said he would go anywhere for Gifford; in return, they mentioned his new album and Vegas dates. For every clutched tissue there was contractual business at hand.

It was at this moment that Gifford momentarily forgot Jenna Bush Hager’s name, and Manilow told her that “Nobody can ever replace you.”

“It was cheesy, camp, silly, and moving, and the best song for a glass of wine at 10am”

NBC will be hoping that, as of Monday (Bush Hager’s first day), that isn’t true.

Gifford’s children then spoke on video in glowing terms about their mother: selfless, kind, hard-working, inspirational; they also spoke about Kotb, her warmth, that spark “radiating outwards” again.

Find something you do and figure out how to get paid for it, Gifford had once told Cody. Frank had watched her on TV in the mornings and said to his daughter, “Boy, your mom is so pretty… there’s no one else like her.”

“I’m done,” Gifford announced after that. Both she and Kotb were clutching tissues (although where was Jerry and the box of tissues on its winch?). Gifford imagined Kotb having four more children. All the Today show anchors came on stage, except an absent Guthrie.

And then, with just 30 seconds to go, came God. Gifford quoted part of a passage from the Bible, Jeremiah 29: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans… to give you a future and a hope…”

This wasn’t just true for Gifford, but for everyone watching, Gifford said tearfully, who wished that we were as loved and trusted as she was by us. “Trust Him. Let Him love you like He wants to love you, like I am loved by all of you.”

That’s certainly true of her fourth-hour audience; time will tell if that love stays constant, and profitable, for what her colleagues have invoked as Gifford’s “next chapter.” And if it doesn’t, if she ever wants to, one would think the Peacock would happily take Gifford, her scripture, and her wine glass under its wing once again.

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Kathie Lee Gifford is leaving the “Today” show after over a decade co-hosting the fourth hour of the NBC morning staple alongside Hoda Kotb. Her exit was announced to staff Tuesday via a memo from NBC News President Noah Oppenheim.

“It is with mixed emotions that I share the news Kathie Lee Gifford has decided it’s time to leave ‘Today,’” the NBC News chief wrote. “As we all know, Kathie Lee’s plate has been overflowing lately with film, music and book projects, and after giving us 11 extraordinary years, she’s decided to focus her attention full-time on those other creative endeavors.”

He continued: “When we first launched this incredible hour, no one could have predicted the lightning (or rather, wine) in a bottle that is Hoda & Kathie Lee. Whether in studio or on one of their many road trips, they have delighted our audience with their distinct brand of fun, friendship and adventure. During that time, Kathie Lee has cemented her status as one of the most enduring and endearing talents in morning television. In short — she is a legend.”

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Oppenheim noted that Gifford “is generously staying with us through the show’s next anniversary, April 7, 2019,” adding, “We will have much more to share before then about our plans for that hour, which will, of course, continue to include Hoda.”

Gifford has been hosting the final hour of the four-hour “Today” show since 2008.

See the memo in full below.

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All,

It is with mixed emotions that I share the news Kathie Lee Gifford has decided it’s time to leave TODAY.

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.

When we first launched this incredible hour, no one could have predicted the lightning (or rather, wine) in a bottle that is Hoda & Kathie Lee. Whether in studio or on one of their many road trips, they have delighted our audience with their distinct brand of fun, friendship and adventure. During that time, Kathie Lee has cemented her status as one of the most enduring and endearing talents in morning television. In short – she is a legend.

Jimmy Fallon summed it up best when he channelled Kenny Rogers on the tenth anniversary show earlier this year: Through the years, Kathie Lee has never let us down, she’s turned our lives around and she’s brought some of the sweetest days we’ve found…

As Kathie Lee told me today: “In 2008, I joined the TODAY Show family intending to spend one year. But something unexpected happened along the way: I fell in love with a beautiful, talented, extraordinary Egyptian goddess named Hoda, and an amazing group of individuals who work tirelessly and joyfully at their jobs, many of them starting at midnight, creating an unprecedented four hours of live television. I stayed year after year making a million memories with people I will never forget. 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.”

Kathie Lee is generously staying with us through the show’s next anniversary, April 7, 2019. We will have much more to share before then about our plans for that hour, which will, of course, continue to include Hoda.

Please join me in congratulating Kathie Lee on a dazzling run at TODAY. We look forward to celebrating her in the months to come.

Noah

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    During the 2016 Rio Olympics, U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte claimed he’d been robbed at gunpoint in an friendly interview with “Today’s” Billy Bush. His story was soon revealed to be a lie by Rio police and security camera footage, causing some embarrassment for the show. Bush’s continued defense of Lochte then led to a heated exchange with co-host Al Roker later in the week.

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    Just a few months later in October 2016, at the peak of the presidential election, Bush was at the center of yet another scandal. This time it involved newly uncovered tapes from Bush’s tenure at “Access Hollywood.” After the audio surfaced of Bush egging on Donald Trump as he bragged about sexually assaulting women, the host was promptly suspended, then dismissed, from “Today.”

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  • Tamron Hall
    After the news that Megyn Kelly would be leaving Fox News to take on her own daytime show at NBC, Hall was informed by the network that the 9 a.m. hour of “Today” that she co-hosted with Al Roker would be canceled. Hall subsequently announced her plans to leave NBC in February 2017, inciting swift criticism of the network from her fans.

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The venerable morning show has been a lightning rod ever since Pauley was abruptly replaced by Deborah Norville

“Today” host Tamron Hall announced on Wednesday that she’ll be leaving NBC and MSNBC following the cancellation of her hour of the daytime talk show to make room for the incoming Megyn Kelly. NBC was met with harsh backlash from viewers, but it’s hardly the first time the morning show has been embroiled in controversy.

Kathie Lee Gifford Is Leaving The ‘Today’ Show After 11 Years Of Hosting The Final Hour — VIDEO

After hosting alongside Hoda Kotb for more than a decade, Kathie Lee Gifford announced she is leaving the Today show on her 11th anniversary, in April 2019. Gifford announced the bittersweet news during her Tuesday morning segment of the franchise on Dec. 11. She has been hosting the show’s daily fourth hour since 2008.

In addition to Gifford’s tearful on-screen announcement, NBC News chief Noah Oppenheim wrote a memo to the staff, obtained by Deadline, which goes into further details about Gifford’s departure and the reason behind this major transition. “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,” Oppenheim wrote, as per Deadline. He also shared a special message from Gifford herself, which reads as follows:

“In 2008, I joined the TODAY Show family intending to spend one year. But something unexpected happened along the way: I fell in love with a beautiful, talented, extraordinary Egyptian goddess named Hoda, and an amazing group of individuals who work tirelessly and joyfully at their jobs, many of them starting at midnight, creating an unprecedented four hours of live television. I stayed year after year making a million memories with people I will never forget. 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.”

Gifford continued with her emotional farewell announcement live on Tuesday morning. “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,” she stated. “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.”

As for when exactly Gifford will be parting ways with Today, Oppenheim mentioned in the memo that Gifford’s final day would be April 7, 2019. And while the producers have yet to announce who will be replacing Gifford, or how that hour-long segment will change in her absence, Oppenheim assured staff that the show will “continue to include Hoda.”

However, there’s no denying that, regardless of what happens, Gifford’s departure will be a heavy loss for the show, given that she made the final hour segment of the Today show the huge success that it is. “When we first launched this incredible hour, no one could have predicted the lightning (or rather, wine) in a bottle that is Hoda & Kathie Lee,” Oppenheim noted in the internal memo. “Whether in studio or on one of their many road trips, they have delighted our audience with their distinct brand of fun, friendship and adventure. During that time, Kathie Lee has cemented her status as one of the most enduring and endearing talents in morning television. In short — she is a legend.”

And like all legends, she will be dearly missed. Let’s just hope that whatever projects she has in store next, she’ll take us along for the ride.

Hoda Kotb has ‘loved every second’ of maternity leave, announces return to ‘Today’

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Hoda Kotb has soaked up every precious minute with her babies, but it’s time to go back to work.

The “Today” show host has announced that she will return to “Hoda & Jenna” on Sep. 3, right after Labor Day, after spending time with her newest addition, Hope Catherine.

She shared the news of her return in a video on Instagram.

“Hi guys! Guess what? It’s time to get my roots done. I’m coming back to work,” the mom of two joked.

“Look, I’m not going to lie, this has probably been the best summer of my entire life with these two kids. I’ve loved every second of it,” she said. “But you know what else I’m going to love? Coming back to you guys.”

She said that she is getting ready and is setting her alarm for 3:15 a.m.— but with a baby and toddler in the house, that’s probably nothing.

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Hiiiiii!!! So excited to come back! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

A post shared by Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) on Aug 20, 2019 at 5:00am PDT

‘My heart just grew’

Kotb, 55, shared in April on the show that she had welcomed her second daughter via adoption alongside her partner Joel Schiffman.

“Joel and I were standing there when they hand you the baby… at that moment I was like, ‘My God, my heart just grew…’ ” she recalled.

Hope joined big sister, 2-year-old Haley Joy.

Kotb’s announcement was followed with a flurry of baby news from the “Today” show. Soon after, her co-host Jenna Bush Hager announced that she was expecting baby No. 3, and Hal arrived Aug. 2. Hager is now on maternity leave.

Meteorologist and third hour co-host Dylan Dreyer recently shared news that she is pregnant with her second child, after experiencing struggles with secondary infertility.

Maternity leave is ‘not a vacation’

While the baby boom leaves holes in the show, Kotb hopes women embrace this time with their children if they can.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to go back, but at the same time I feel like I didn’t miss this moment,” she told People. “We all need to pay bills and have insurance … We can’t take all the time we want. I get it. But I feel like if you can, and if you’re at a point where you feel like you can do it, you should do it. I’m sure every woman wants to do it and can’t. But if more women are taking the allotted time, then other women aren’t going to look at them funny.”

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Look who is feeding Hope!!! Burp cloth and all!!!

A post shared by Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) on May 27, 2019 at 10:20am PDT

But she also made it clear that maternity leave is work.

“It’s not a vacation,” Kotb said. “I worked harder on maternity leave than I did at work. You’re up at the crack of dawn, and you’re up all hours. Stay-at-home moms should be called work-at-home moms. You are up all the time. We post stuff on Instagram from the beach, but it’s work. But it’s the best work. It’s the best work I did in my life. I don’t know if my kids will remember it, but … I will always remember.”

“Today” anchor Hoda Kotb has delivered the news, as well as shared moments of her personal life with NBC’s morning program. Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images Kotb took maternity leave from “Today” after announcing on April 16, 2019 via phone that she had adopted a second baby, a girl named Hope Catherine. Kotb visited the show when Thomas Rhett performed on May 31. Nathan Congleton/NBC She and “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie appeared delighted to see each other and shared an embrace. Nathan Congleton/NBC Kotb, at the Sesame Workshop 2019 Gala, revealed on Aug. 1, 2019 that she has a new book slated for Oct. 15. “I Really Needed This Today” is a collection of motivational quotes and stories she said in a video shared to Instagram. John Lamparski/WireImage Following Kathie Lee Gifford’s exit on April 5, 2019, Jenna Bush Hager joined Kotb for a new iteration of the fourth hour of “Today,” “Today with Hoda & Jenna.” The co-hosts shared a laugh on April 12. Nathan Congleton/NBC The pair will drink in style, showing off personalized wine glasses on the first day of their new show, on April 8, 2019. Nathan Congleton/NBC Kotb shared a moment with Gifford while bidding her former colleague adieu on April 5, 2019. Nathan Congleton/NBC Kotb, pictured with “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie turned 54 on Aug. 9, 2018. Charles Sykes/Invision/AP Kotb poses on the red carpet at the 2018 Time 100 Gala, alongside Guthrie and Al Roker. Ben Gabbe, Getty Images for Time Alongside Jon Pardi, Kotb raises a glass (er, two) onstage at the 2018 CMT Music Awards in Nashville. Mike Coppola, Getty Images for CMT In June, she hosted a SiriusXM Town Hall with Natalie Portman. Cindy Ord, Getty Images for SiriusXM In August, she let loose with Guthrie onstage during a Rod Stewart performance at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Michael Loccisano, Getty Images NBC’s “Today” show entered the new year by naming a new permanent anchor: Hoda Kotb, center, on Jan. 2, 2018. Nathan Congleton/NBC Kotb had been serving as substitute co-anchor alongside Savannah Guthrie since Nov. 29, 2017, when the network announced longtime host Matt Lauer had been fired for inappropriate sexual behavior. Here, the two women hug before going on the air to announce the news. Drew Angerer Kotb was born in Oklahoma to Egyptian parents and attended Virginia Tech. Drew Angerer, Getty Images Kotb, who worked in New Orleans before joining NBC News in 1998 as a “Dateline” correspondent, returned in September 2005 to cover the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina. Here, she tours New Orleans’ devastated 9th Ward with Police Chief Eddie Compass III, center, and his men. EVAN EILE, USA TODAY In 2008, Kotb joined forces with Kathie Lee Gifford to host the newly expanded 10 a.m. hour of “Today.” Virginia Sherwood, NBC Together, Kotb and Gifford ushered in a new era of day drinking on NBC News’ flagship show. Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Kotb and Gifford quickly joined in on the “Today” show’s Halloween team costume tradition. Here, Kotb, third right, plays Little Red Riding Hood for 2008’s fairy-tale-themed edition. (From left: Ann Curry, Al Roker, Meredith Vieira, Matt Lauer, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford and Amy Robach) RICHARD DREW, AP In 2009, Hoda transformed into Yoda as the hosts dressed as “Star Wars” characters. From left: Ann Curry, Al Roker, Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford and Natalie Morales) Richard Drew, AP Kotb and Al Roker welcome Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper to “Today” in February 2010. Peter Kramer, AP Gifford and Kotb are seen in the hair and makeup room before their 600th episode of “Today” on July 21, 2010. Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Kotb, seen here with Gifford in 2010, has been an advocate for breast cancer awareness since 2007, when she documented her diagnosis and surgery experience on the show. Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sadly, Kotb had no wine on hand to offer “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon when he visited the morning show in January 2011. Peter Kramer, AP Kotb received on-air birthday greetings from then-boyfriend Jay Blumenkopf in 2011. Peter Kramer/NBC Universal In 2014, Kotb paid a visit to the coaches on “The Voice,” just in time to see Adam Levine’s newly blond hair. (From left: Levine, Shakira, Kotb, Usher and Blake Shelton) Trae Patton, NBC Three years later, Kotb went as Shelton for Halloween. Here, he checks out the resemblance during the 2017 costume reveal. Charles Sykes/Invision/AP In 2015, Kotb competed on “Lip Sync Battle” against fellow morning TV host Michael Strahan. Here, she hangs out with that show’s host Chrissy Teigen, right, and Julianne Hough during “Lip Sync Battle Live” in July 2015. Evan Agostini/AP With a pregnant Savannah Guthrie sitting out the 2016 Summer Olympics, Kotb was front and center during “Today” broadcasts from Rio de Janeiro, alongside Al Roker, Billy Bush and Matt Lauer. Bush was forced out months later after being caught on the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape with Donald Trump and Lauer would follow about a year and a half later. Joe Scarnici, NBC In February 2017, “Today” celebrated the one-year-to-go mark with winter Olympic hopefuls. Mike Stobe, Getty Images for the USOC In February 2017, Kotb announced she’d adopted a daughter, Haley Joy. The little girl made her “Today” debut that May. Nathan Congleton/NBC Hoda Kotb shares the occasional drink with her co-host, Savannah Guthrie. But the wine she shared with Kathie Lee Gifford in the 10 a.m. hour of “Today” is over. Nathan Congleton/NBC

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‘Today Show’s’ Hoda Kotb Spills Details on Her Upcoming Wedding

The Today Show co-hosts are still busy celebrating Hoda Kotb’s engagement announcement earlier this week. Preparing to wed her longtime beau Joel Schiffman, Kotb is starting to reveal what she’s planning for the special day, including how to tell the news to their two daughters, Haley Joy and Hope Catherine.

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Whatta weekend!

Kotb stunned her co-hosts at the Today Show table with her news, showing off her beautiful engagement ring to Al Roker, Craig Melvin, Jenna Bush Hager, and Savannah Guthrie, who all erupted in smiles, applause, and squeals of delight.

The newly-engaged Kotb revealed that Schiffman popped the question to Kotb during a romantic dinner by the beach while taking a weekend vacation. “And he was like, ‘I have something else I would like to say,’” she shared, according to CNN. “He said some beautiful things and then he got down on one knee. He said ‘Would you be my wife?”’

Kotb was completely taken off guard. “My heart has literally been pounding,” she told her co-hosts. “I was totally shocked. He had a good poker face.”

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Thx for all the love yesterday. Joel and I are overwhelmed❤️.

A post shared by Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) on Nov 26, 2019 at 1:49am PST

Past comments on marriage

Kotb was previously married to Burzis Kanga for two years until they divorced in 2007. Since then, she has been hesitant about taking another trip to the altar.

“I feel like everything’s great,” she said in September 2018 when asked about the possibility of marrying Schiffman, according to People. “We’re together. I feel like there’s not a rush other than we’re old, and we probably, if we’re going to do it, we might as well do it. But I think it’s fun like this. I don’t mind it… We’re enjoying our lives. Yeah, I think we’re good this way.”

Though the Today anchor wasn’t hinting toward walking down the aisle any time soon, Kotb was sure who she’d be spending the rest of her life with regardless of a wedding ceremony. “I love Joel,” she declared. “I mean, I’m going to be with Joel until my last breath — I know that.”

Plans in the works

Kotb is wasting no time on getting the ball rolling for the big event, hinting that the special day may be in the (very) near future. “I sort of think we probably want to do it sooner than later, because what are we waiting for? And I kind of think we might do a destination wedding,” Kotb shared, as reported by People. “We may go back to the place we were engaged. We haven’t thought about it too much, but we might do something like that. The place is special to us.”

The television journalist wants to have a low-key vibe and skip any over-the-top flash. “Nothing we do is about bells and whistles in that way, Kotb said. “All I want it to be is fun and happy and I just want everybody to feel easy breezy. No coordinated bridesmaids. Come as you are. That’s the theme of the rest of my life.”

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He da man!

A post shared by Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) on Nov 26, 2019 at 8:18am PST

The couple adopted their two daughters – Haley in 2017 and Hope earlier this year in April. Kotb and Schiffman are still deciding on the roles their kids will play in their special day. “We’re still trying to figure out that part. I think they would just think it’s a party that shows mom and dad how much they love each other,” Kotb said. “We haven’t told them yet. I don’t know how you do it. We are just going to say we’re having a party to show how much we love each other.”

Congratulations to the happy couple!