Kathie Lee Gifford announces she is leaving Today

Nathan Congleton  NBC

Nathan Congleton NBC

Kathy Lee Gifford announced Tuesday she will be leaving the Today show on her 11th anniversary in April.

"I have something to share with everybody", Gifford said at the start of Tuesday's show.

Kathy Lee and Hoda Kotb have been on air together for the last hour of the Today show for almost 11 years, and the country has enjoyed experiencing their friendship.

She will stay seated next to co-host Hoda Kotb through the show's 11th anniversary special on April 7, 2019.

NBC says they are working on plans for that hour but they did say, the plans would include Hoda.

Watch above, via NBC. "The reason I stayed longer than a year is because I love everybody here so much".

Kathie Lee Gifford announces she is leaving Today

"The moment you stepped into my life with both feet everything changed", Kotb told her friend and longtime co-host.

When asked if she'll ever remarry following the sudden death of her husband several years ago, Gifford stressed the importance of finding someone who loves Jesus as she does.

She's also occasionally performed worship songs on the Today show.

He said she will focus on her film, music and book projects. I stayed year after year making a million memories with people I will never forget. Gifford shared the "bittersweet" news on Tuesday, saying she is excited about her upcoming projects but will miss her team, particularly Kotb, and the work they did together. "Everything good that happened in my life happened since you came". She now anchors the 7-9 a.m. hours with Savannah Guthrie as well as the 10-11 a.m. hour with Gifford. Gifford will leave "Today" in the new year.

"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. In short - she is a legend".

Please join me in congratulating Kathie Lee on a dazzling run at TODAY.

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