Jenna Bush Hager to replace Kathie Lee Gifford on TODAY's fourth hour
Jenna Bush Hager will join Hoda Kotb as the permanent co-host of TODAY’s fourth hour later this year.
The announcement comes less than three months after Kathie Lee Gifford revealed she will step down as Hoda’s partner for the fourth hour in April.
Jenna joined the TODAY family in 2009 and has worn many hats since. She’s interviewed big names from Joanna Gaines to former first lady Michelle Obama; introduced us to many inspirational people through her reporting; and moved us with her touching (and sometimes hilarious) stories about her family, from her late Gampy and Ganny to her little girls, Mila and Poppy.
In an email to staffers, NBC News chief Noah Oppenheim wrote that Jenna's "compassion and curiosity come through in all of her stories, along with her Texas-sized sense of humor." Oppenheim also noted that "while it’s bittersweet to say goodbye to Kathie Lee, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to make some changes at 10 a.m."
Kathie Lee informed viewers in December of her decision to retire from TODAY around the time of her 11th anniversary with the show. She said that while she was thrilled to dive into all of her upcoming projects, “it's also hard” to step away.
"I've been in this business 120 years and never worked with a more beautiful group of people who just give, give, give every day," Kathie Lee said.
Stay tuned for more announcements regarding the fourth hour in the coming months!