Kathie Lee Gifford’s Replacement On ‘Today’ Is Revealed

After 11 years on the “Today” show, Kathie Lee Gifford is leaving her post as host of the fourth hour of the show with Hoda Kotb. Now, weeks before her departure, Gifford’s replacement has been revealed.

“Today” has just announced that Jenna Bush Hager will be taking Gifford’s place hosting the fourth hour. She has been with “Today” since 2009, and has had a variety of duties in her time there, including filling in for Gifford at times. Hager said that her father, former President George W. Bush, was particularly happy to hear about her new job.

“My dad just wrote me three words, which made me weep. He said, ‘Very proud dad,’” Hager said. “Which I’m like, ‘What is there to be proud about? I’m just drinking wine in the morning!’”

Gifford herself is happy about her replacement and offered Hager some words of wisdom.

“You keep trusting your instincts and you’re going to sit next to the best person in the whole world because she has your back, because she has your heart,” she said, referring to Kotb. “It’s going to be fun. You guys are going to have a ball.”

Kotb also had some encouraging words for Hager.

“Being around Jenna is like being around the most real person,” Kotb said. “She says exactly what she thinks and believes and there’s something about her that makes you do two things. You lean in because you want to know more and also you kind of weirdly tell her your secrets and you’re like ‘Oh my God, I just blurted all that out!’”

We will certainly miss Gifford, but we can’t wait to see what Hager brings to the fourth hour! Good luck, Jenna!


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