NBC executives want to shake things up on the Today show following Megyn Kelly’s public relations nightmare – and Kathie Lee Gifford might be on the chopping block. Insiders claim that producers are quietly looking for a replacement and hope the change will draw a much younger audience to the show.
“Executives at Today have quietly been looking for a replacement for Kathie Lee,” an insider explained. “NBC wants younger viewers, and at 65, she’s long in the tooth.”
Ideally, the network wants to hire a female version of Craig Melvin, who brings a lot of youthful energy to the set. They have not settled on anyone yet, but the insider says that both parties are ready to move on.
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NBC has not been shy about their desire to replace Gifford, and she is looking forward to focusing on other career ventures. If NBC decides to pull the trigger and replace Gifford, at least she knows it’s coming.
A source told Radar Online that Gifford frequently takes days off and recently spent two weeks away from the show to work on a film in Scotland. She also lost her favorite producer on the show and worries that NBC will bring on Kelly’s staff to replace him.
The insider claims that Gifford would happy if NBC let her go. In fact, leaving the show would allow her more time to focus on other passions, including movies, books, and Christian activities.
The rumors come following Kelly’s departure from the Today show earlier this month. The former Fox News anchor was let go after making racist comments on her segment, Megyn Kelly Today.
Ever since Kelly was booted from the program, the show has seen an increase in ratings in the 9 o’clock slot. Even Gifford and Hota Kotb’s 10 o’clock segment has seen an increase in viewers now that Kelly is gone. NBC hopes that bringing a fresh face on board to replace Gifford will boost the ratings even more.
NBC has not commented on Kathie Lee Gifford’s future on the Today show.