Kathie Lee's 'Today' Replacement Announced To Co-Host Fourth Hour with Hoda Kotb

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When Kathie Lee Gifford leaves the “Today” show in April, Jenna Bush Hager will be the new co-host of the fourth hour with Hoda Kotb.

In December 2018, Gifford, 65, announced that she would be moving on after 11 years with the “Today” show to pursue projects including producing Christian music and films.

Gifford’s final day will be on April 7, and 37-year-old Bush Hager is thrilled to take on the new role.

“I’m so excited, I can’t believe it,” Bush Hager told People. “It feels organic and it feels right. It just feels like the right time for me.”


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Bush Hager is already a familiar and well-loved face on the show.

She joined “Today” in 2009 as a correspondent and has filled in for Gifford on numerous occasions.

“I’ve been the fill-in, which is a fun position to be because there’s no pressure but you could just have a blast,” Bush Hager said. “So, to take it to the next level is awe-inducing.”

“Today” co-host Hoda Kotb, 54, told People that Bush Hager is “the perfect fit.”

“Being around Jenna is like being around the most real person,” Kotb said.

“She has this thing that’s special. I know that people try to have it but I think you’re born with it.

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“And Jenna has it and it’s the thing that makes her laugh at herself when she spills coffee on herself. It’s the way that she makes other moms feel good enough because she explains how she’s had the worst day ever and puts it out there.”

Bush Hager is ready to leave her current lifestyle of fast-paced travel and settle down with a focus on hew new job and her family.

“To get to be kind of grounded in one position feels like such an honor,” Bush Hager said. “To be around a little bit more feels like the right time for my family, too.”

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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