Insiders say that Kathie Lee Gifford wanted to call it quits on the ‘Today’ Show for a year; however, she recently announced on Tuesday, she’s leaving the NBC show after 11 years.
NBC News allegedly begged her to stay on for another year because they wanted to keep as much continuity as possible. When Gifford asked for her resignation, Matt Lauer was just fired from the ‘Today’ show for sexual misconduct, Megyn Kelly was fired after making blackface comments, and Tamron Hall who quit a day before her contract renewed.
The execs even bribed her with benefits including, allowing Gifford to take off lengthy amounts of time to make movies and record music so that she would stay longer.
Giffored stated she wanted to resign to focus more on her movie career.
After she announced her departure from the show on the air Tuesday morning, Gifford said: “I know somebody wonderful will be sitting in this seat afterward.” And, “I have my idea who might be absolutely wonderful.”