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Kathie Lee Gifford Is Leaving the 'Today Show' and It's a National Tragedy

By Anna Quintana

To end the year on a very low, low note, national treasure Kathie Lee Gifford unexpectedly announced she would be leaving the Today Show. Kathie's decision to "retire" after over one decade on the morning talk show was leaked in an internal memo to NBC News president Noah Oppenheim. 

"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," the resignation read, according to Page Six

"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." 

But why is Kathie Lee really leaving? 

The good news is Kathie Lee isn't expected to officially step down until April 7, 2019 — giving viewers four months of the wine-loving TV personality. She went on to share the heartbreaking news alongside her BFF Hoda live on the air, saying, "It's bittersweet, as these things always are. I've been here almost 11 years... I thought I would stay one year, but along the way fell in love with an Egyptian goddess and now when it's our 11th anniversary, I am going to be leaving."