Kathie Lee is Leaving 'Today'

 

 On the "Today" show yesterday, KATHIE LEE GIFFORD announced that she's leaving in April, when she celebrates her 11th anniversary on the show.

NBC News said, quote, "As we all know, Kathie Lee's plate has been overflowing lately with film, music and book projects, and after giving us 11 extraordinary years, she's decided to focus her attention full-time on those other creative endeavors."

Kathie Lee has reportedly been planning her departure for a while now.  In fact, word has it she was originally planning to leave LAST winter . . . but she decided to stay on a little longer after Matt Lauer's firing.

There's no official word on Kathie Lee's replacement.  On the show, she said she knew of someone who'd be wonderful, but, quote, "There's a great pool of talent and beauty and heart right around here, right within our own family."

A lot of people are speculating that it'll be JENNA BUSH HAGER, who almost always fills in when Kathie Lee is out.  She's been with the "Today" show since 2009.

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