Kathie Lee Gifford Announces She’s Leaving TODAY | TODAY

Kathie Lee Gifford Announces She’s Leaving TODAY | TODAY


HE’S WITH US TODAY. WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THAT. WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THAT. OKAY, I HAVE SOMETHING TO SHARE OKAY, I HAVE SOMETHING TO SHARE WITH EVERYBODY. WITH EVERYBODY. IT’S BITTER SWEET AS THESE IT’S BITTER SWEET AS THESE THINGS ALWAYS ARE, BUT I HAVE THINGS ALWAYS ARE, BUT I HAVE BEEN HERE ALMOST 11 YEARS. BEEN HERE ALMOST 11 YEARS. THOUGHT I WOULD STAY ONE YEAR. THOUGHT I WOULD STAY ONE YEAR. SOMETHING HAPPENED ALONG THE WAY SOMETHING HAPPENED ALONG THE WAY AND FELL IN LOVE WITH A AND FELL IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL EGYPTIAN GODDESS AND BEAUTIFUL EGYPTIAN GODDESS AND WHEN IT’S OUR 11th ANNIVERSARY I WHEN IT’S OUR 11th ANNIVERSARY I WILL BE LEAVING THE “TODAY” WILL BE LEAVING THE “TODAY” SHOW. SHOW. I KNOW. I KNOW. IT’S AN EXCITING TIME FOR ME AND IT’S AN EXCITING TIME FOR ME AND I’M THRILLED ABOUT THE PROJECTS I’M THRILLED ABOUT THE PROJECTS COMING UP, BUT IT’S ALSO HARD IS COMING UP, BUT IT’S ALSO HARD IS BECAUSE THE REASON I STAYED BECAUSE THE REASON I STAYED LONGER THAN A YEAR IS BECAUSE I LONGER THAN A YEAR IS BECAUSE I LOVE EVERYBODY HERE. LOVE EVERYBODY HERE. I HAVE BEEN IN THIS BUSINESS 120 I HAVE BEEN IN THIS BUSINESS 120 YEARS AND NEVER WORKED WITH A YEARS AND NEVER WORKED WITH A MORE BEAUTIFUL GROUP OF PEOPLE MORE BEAUTIFUL GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO JUST GIVE, GIVE, GIVE EVERY WHO JUST GIVE, GIVE, GIVE EVERY DAY, FOUR HOURS OF LIVE DAY, FOUR HOURS OF LIVE TELEVISION FIVE DAYS A WEEK. TELEVISION FIVE DAYS A WEEK. WE LAUGH AND SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER WE LAUGH AND SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER AND KNOW EACH OTHER’S KIDS NAMES AND KNOW EACH OTHER’S KIDS NAMES AND KNOW WHEN SOMEBODY IS HAVING AND KNOW WHEN SOMEBODY IS HAVING A COLONOSCOPY. A COLONOSCOPY. WE DO LIFE AND NOBODY MORE SO WE DO LIFE AND NOBODY MORE SO THAN MY HODA. THAN MY HODA. IT’S GOING TO BE THE SAME AS MY IT’S GOING TO BE THE SAME AS MY REGIS. REGIS. I’M CLOSER TO HIM NOW THAN AFTER I’M CLOSER TO HIM NOW THAN AFTER 15 YEARS TOGETHER. 15 YEARS TOGETHER. YOU DON’T SHARE THAT LIFE YOU DON’T SHARE THAT LIFE TOGETHER AND NOT BE CHANGED TOGETHER AND NOT BE CHANGED FOREVER BY IT. FOREVER BY IT. I LOVE YOU, HODA MAMA. I LOVE YOU, HODA MAMA. FIRST YOU WERE JUST HODA, FIRST YOU WERE JUST HODA, REMEMBER? REMEMBER?>>NO.>>NO. I REALLY DON’T. I REALLY DON’T.>>YOU WERE KODA TO REGIS.>>YOU WERE KODA TO REGIS.>>THE MINUTE YOU STEPPED IN TO>>THE MINUTE YOU STEPPED IN TO MY LIFE WITH BOTH FEET, MY LIFE WITH BOTH FEET, EVERYTHING CHANGED. EVERYTHING CHANGED. I THOUGHT ABOUT IT. I THOUGHT ABOUT IT. I KNEW TODAY WAS HAPPENING, BUT I KNEW TODAY WAS HAPPENING, BUT I WAS SCRIBBLING IN MY JOURNAL I WAS SCRIBBLING IN MY JOURNAL ABOUT YOU AND I WAS LIKE THANK ABOUT YOU AND I WAS LIKE THANK YOU. YOU.>>YOU MIGHT WANT TO LEAVE IT>>YOU MIGHT WANT TO LEAVE IT THERE. THERE. IT’S GOING TO BE THAT KIND OF IT’S GOING TO BE THAT KIND OF DAY. DAY. NOBODY ELSE NEEDS IT, I SEE. NOBODY ELSE NEEDS IT, I SEE. SURE, YOU ARE NOT OKAY. SURE, YOU ARE NOT OKAY. I HAD TO GET YOU LAUGHING, HODA. I HAD TO GET YOU LAUGHING, HODA. OKAY. OKAY.>>I JUST WAS THINKING ABOUT –>>I JUST WAS THINKING ABOUT –>>NOT THAT HIGH.>>NOT THAT HIGH.>>I WAS WRITING EVERYTHING DOWN>>I WAS WRITING EVERYTHING DOWN AND THOUGHT ABOUT THE DAY. AND THOUGHT ABOUT THE DAY. YOU CHOSE ME. YOU CHOSE ME. THAT’S HOW IT STARTED. THAT’S HOW IT STARTED. I WAS THINKING ABOUT EVERYTHING I WAS THINKING ABOUT EVERYTHING GOOD THAT HAPPENED IN MY LIFE GOOD THAT HAPPENED IN MY LIFE HAPPENED SINCE YOU CAME. HAPPENED SINCE YOU CAME. I WAS THINKING ABOUT EVERYTHING I WAS THINKING ABOUT EVERYTHING AND MET JOEL BECAUSE I HAD TO AND MET JOEL BECAUSE I HAD TO GIVE A SPEECH. GIVE A SPEECH. WHY? WHY? BECAUSE I WORKED HERE WITH YOU. BECAUSE I WORKED HERE WITH YOU. HALEY CAME AS A RESULT OF OUR HALEY CAME AS A RESULT OF OUR UNION. UNION. EVERYTHING HAPPENED. EVERYTHING HAPPENED. I REMEMBERED THINKING ABOUT HOW I REMEMBERED THINKING ABOUT HOW DOES ONE PERSON STEP IN YOUR DOES ONE PERSON STEP IN YOUR LIFE AND CHANGE IT LIKE THAT? LIFE AND CHANGE IT LIKE THAT? YOU DID THAT FOR ME. YOU DID THAT FOR ME. I REMEMBER ON THE VERY FIRST DAY I REMEMBER ON THE VERY FIRST DAY WHEN YOU SAID I’M THINKING ABOUT WHEN YOU SAID I’M THINKING ABOUT COMING TO THE “TODAY” SHOW AND COMING TO THE “TODAY” SHOW AND YOU SAID I WANT YOU TO COME OUT YOU SAID I WANT YOU TO COME OUT AND MEET MY FAMILY. AND MEET MY FAMILY. I REMEMBERED THINKING WOW, I I REMEMBERED THINKING WOW, I NEVER WORKED WITH ANYONE WHO NEVER WORKED WITH ANYONE WHO SAID THAT. SAID THAT. I DIDN’T KNOW THAT WAS A THING. I DIDN’T KNOW THAT WAS A THING. I WENT TO YOUR HOUSE AND I I WENT TO YOUR HOUSE AND I REMEMBER FRANK SAID TO ME I HAVE REMEMBER FRANK SAID TO ME I HAVE BEEN IN TELEVISION FOR A WHILE BEEN IN TELEVISION FOR A WHILE AND I WANT TO TELL YOU AND I WANT TO TELL YOU SOMETHING. SOMETHING. THE ONLY WAY A SHOW WORKS IS IF THE ONLY WAY A SHOW WORKS IS IF YOU TRUST SOMEONE WILL CATCH YOU TRUST SOMEONE WILL CATCH YOU. YOU. I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU BECAUSE I I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW YOU, BUT I KNOW THAT DON’T KNOW YOU, BUT I KNOW THAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO WORK WITH THE YOU ARE ABOUT TO WORK WITH THE MOST TRUSTWORTHY PERSON ON MOST TRUSTWORTHY PERSON ON EARTH. EARTH. HE WAS RIGHT. HE WAS RIGHT. OUR SHOW IS ABOUT CATCHING EACH OUR SHOW IS ABOUT CATCHING EACH OTHER WHEN YOU FALL DOWN. OTHER WHEN YOU FALL DOWN. THAT’S IT. THAT’S IT.>>WHICH IS DAILY FOR US.>>WHICH IS DAILY FOR US.>>HOURLY.>>HOURLY. IT’S TRUE. IT’S TRUE. ANYONE WHO WORKS WITH SOMEONE ANYONE WHO WORKS WITH SOMEONE KNOWS THAT FEELING. KNOWS THAT FEELING.>>WE HAVE EACH OTHER’S BACK.>>WE HAVE EACH OTHER’S BACK.>>I CANNOT BELIEVE WE ARE ON TV>>I CANNOT BELIEVE WE ARE ON TV AND THIS IS HAPPENING. AND THIS IS HAPPENING. I CAN’T. I CAN’T.>>I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY WHO>>I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY WHO WATCHED US ALL THESE YEARS AS WATCHED US ALL THESE YEARS AS WELL. WELL. WE STARTED OUT AS A NOTHING WE STARTED OUT AS A NOTHING BURGER. BURGER. WE WERE OUTSIDE ON THE PLAZA AND WE WERE OUTSIDE ON THE PLAZA AND THE WIND WAS BLOWING AND THE THE WIND WAS BLOWING AND THE CARDS WERE FLYING. CARDS WERE FLYING. IT WAS A DISASTER. IT WAS A DISASTER. THE BEST THING THAT HAPPENED IS THE BEST THING THAT HAPPENED IS EDUARDO CAME ALONG AND WE MADE EDUARDO CAME ALONG AND WE MADE SO MUCH NOISE THAT THEY KICKED SO MUCH NOISE THAT THEY KICKED US OFF THE PLAZA AND ALL YOUR US OFF THE PLAZA AND ALL YOUR CARDS WENT FLYING LIKE THEY ARE CARDS WENT FLYING LIKE THEY ARE GOING TO DO RIGHT NOW. GOING TO DO RIGHT NOW. WE STARTED TO TRUST. WE STARTED TO TRUST. WE STARTED TO DO LIFE TOGETHER. WE STARTED TO DO LIFE TOGETHER. WE STARTED GOING TO LAUNCH AND WE STARTED GOING TO LAUNCH AND BROADWAY AND YOU AND YOUR MOM BROADWAY AND YOU AND YOUR MOM ARE AT MY HOUSE FOR ARE AT MY HOUSE FOR THANKSGIVING. THANKSGIVING. WE HAD ONE IN NANTUCKET. WE HAD ONE IN NANTUCKET. VACATIONS. VACATIONS. YOU START SHARING LIFE AND YOUR YOU START SHARING LIFE AND YOUR FRIENDSHIP SHOWS UP ON THE AIR. FRIENDSHIP SHOWS UP ON THE AIR. WE WEREN’T COLLEAGUES VERY LONG. WE WEREN’T COLLEAGUES VERY LONG. WE BECAME FRIENDS AND NOW WE ARE WE BECAME FRIENDS AND NOW WE ARE GOING TO BE FRIENDS FOR THE REST GOING TO BE FRIENDS FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES. OF OUR LIVES. I’M GRATEFUL TO GOD FOR YOU. I’M GRATEFUL TO GOD FOR YOU. GRATEFUL TO GOD FOR YOU. GRATEFUL TO GOD FOR YOU. GOD CHOSE YOU IN MY LIFE. GOD CHOSE YOU IN MY LIFE. NO CRUMBS ON HIS TABLE. NO CRUMBS ON HIS TABLE. ANYWAY. ANYWAY. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR SUPPORTING THANK YOU AGAIN FOR SUPPORTING US AND LOVING US. US AND LOVING US. SOMEBODY WONDERFUL WILL BE SOMEBODY WONDERFUL WILL BE SITTING IN THIS SEAT. SITTING IN THIS SEAT. I HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT MIGHT BE I HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT MIGHT BE WONDERFUL, BUT THERE IS A GREAT WONDERFUL, BUT THERE IS A GREAT POOL OF TALENT AND BEAUTY AND POOL OF TALENT AND BEAUTY AND HEART AROUND HERE WITHIN OUR OWN HEART AROUND HERE WITHIN OUR OWN FAMILY. FAMILY. THEY COME FROM OUTSIDE THE THEY COME FROM OUTSIDE THE FAMILY, THEY WILL BECOME FAMILY FAMILY, THEY WILL BECOME FAMILY BECAUSE YOU TREAT EVERYBODY THAT BECAUSE YOU TREAT EVERYBODY THAT WAY, EXCEPT FOR ANTHONY. WAY, EXCEPT FOR ANTHONY. YOU ARE LOVED. YOU ARE LOVED. YOU NEED A TISSUE, ANTHONY. YOU NEED A TISSUE, ANTHONY. LET ME GIVE HIM A TISSUE. LET ME GIVE HIM A TISSUE. YOU ITALIAN MESS. YOU ITALIAN MESS.>>I’M GOING TO MISS YOU.>>I’M GOING TO MISS YOU.>>I LOVE YOU.

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