One “Today” Host Announces Exit

One “Today” Host Announces Exit

Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb

Kathie Lee Gifford is leaving the Today show.  The longtime TV personality, who has co-anchored the fourth hour of the Today show with Hoda Kotb for more than 10 years, said this morning (Tuesday) that she’ll leave on April 7th, which is the show’s 11th anniversary.  After breaking down in tears, Kathie Lee said, “It’s an exciting time for me and I’m thrilled about all the projects that are coming up, but it’s also hard. I’ve been in this business for 120 years and never worked with a more beautiful group of people who just give, give, give every day.” She added that her plans include several film projects.   Hoda Kotb will remain on the show with a new co-host, who has not yet been named.

Carol Burnett will be the first actress to accept the Carol Burnett Award!   The Golden Globes has always presented a lifetime achievement award in film – the Cecile B. DeMille Award.  Now, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is adding a television lifetime achievement award, which will be the Carol Burnett Award.  She has the most TV Golden Globe nominations (13) and the second most wins (5).  The Golden Globes air live January 6th.

The Oscars may go on without any host at all!  Since Kevin Hart dropped out of the hosting gig for the February 24th ceremony, the Academy has yet to come up with a Plan B.  Reportedly, the easiest thing to do would to go without a host and bring in a number of different celebrities.

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