Kathie Lee Gifford Fired From 'Today'? Why Hoda Kotb's Co-Host Could Be The Next Casualty

Kathie Lee Gifford Fired From 'Today'? Why Hoda Kotb's Co-Host Could Be The Next Casualty
Credit: Source: NBC

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.

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.

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  • Crystal
    Crystal Nov 16, 2018 3:24 AM PST

    She got the job because of her husband now he gone they can get her off the show

  • Rhoda-Ann
    Rhoda-Ann Jan 3, 2019 7:01 AM PST

    KLG needs to go! She is obnoxious and self centered and way too competitive! Hoda has the dignity and patience of a saint to tolerate KLG. Please do not replace KLG with Jenna Bush. She is frequently inappropriate, loud and way too focused on getting the last word and being right. I find her offensive. Dylan Dryer would be a good choice. She is perky, smart and fun and considerate of others.

  • Margie Smokiv
    Margie Smokiv Nov 16, 2018 7:18 AM PST

    I'll be "leaving" TODAY if Kathie Lee Gifford is let go. She and Hoda are great together. They're fun and funny and have a lot of energy. And WHY is there a need to start a younger group? That's discriminatory. What about Al Roker. Now there's a guy that should be gone from Today.

    • Jim
      Jim Nov 24, 2018 8:16 AM PST

      Well, they'll NEVER let Kathie Lee go now that they've seen this.

  • Patricia Turner
    Patricia Turner Nov 15, 2018 11:16 AM PST

    Even though I am not a fan of Boring Megan Kelly....I would take NBC to the cleaners. They are very fickle and seen hard to work for. More drama when does it end?????????

  • LJE
    LJE Nov 18, 2018 6:29 PM PST

    KLG is way too religious!! I’m sick of her holier than thou attitude!

  • Cindy Berg
    Cindy Berg Nov 15, 2018 12:37 PM PST

    Why not Jenna Bush Hager? She seems like such an OBVIOUS choice.

  • Jae
    Jae Nov 19, 2018 11:35 AM PST

    Judith O Connor, Jan Be Yeah, I'm definitely not a fan of Kathie Lee. Especially just after her husband passed. She made a comment on the today show about "the other family". The family and older children of his other marriage. And "that Family didn't matter... her kids with him are what mattered and that he was "her" husband". She also made it seem as if they had nothing to do with his other kids... who by the way r her kids half siblings ( not that she thinks of them that way ) She seems like she has 2 b the center of attention at all times. At least that's how it appears 2 me. But when it seemed that she started dropping weight, earlier this yr, I decided to check out her FB Page. Funny how there are NO pics of her, before this Jan. Being as she has dropped a LOT of weight, since the beginning of this year & she has lost so much, as to look sick compared to what she used to look like... also looked like she got a face lift... Leaves one wondering if she is trying to "look" younger, in an attempt to stay on the today show. I just don't buy her reason for dropping the weight... Exercising to drop weight for a movie role. I always thought she thinks more of her self and her "talents" than anyone else does. (she left Regis, thinking she was all that and was "going" to have a Big singing career... that flopped.... I really don't think much of her as an actress, there are a lot of other ladies out there, that can act way better than she... ) And I often wonder Why? Did NBC hire her ?? I also think she's a "media *****"... can't tear her self away from in front of a camera, now that she's in front of it. If she has "other, more important things to do, with her time", why doesn't she just Quit, rather than waiting for them to cut her loose ?? I hope she lost the weight for health reasons... but I just think, if she gets any skinnier, she's going to make herself sick.

  • Mary Thomas
    Mary Thomas Nov 15, 2018 1:04 PM PST

    If Kathie Lee and Hoda get fired I will come back and start watching NBC again

  • Diane jackson
    Diane jackson Nov 19, 2018 12:12 PM PST

    It's sad how people judge each only God can judge that's why this world full of negative people...just make u right when God come ....

  • jad
    jad Nov 15, 2018 2:48 PM PST

    I think she was gone 6 weeks to do her movie.

  • barbara hensley
    barbara hensley Nov 15, 2018 4:05 PM PST

    I`m so tired, of the Today Show, I always loved it till this past election, and it`s so noticeable that it`s a Democrat show, so take it to the one`s that like to be put down.

  • Pamela Smith
    Pamela Smith Nov 24, 2018 2:37 PM PST

    I am 60 years old....watched Regis and KL for years. I liked her then, but she is extremely annoying to me, now. She acts like Regis used to. She criticizes things she doesn't understand or agree with. She thinks her own sense of humor is funny, but it's very dated. Hoda has the patience of a saint with her. Jenna and Hoda are more fun, and genuinely kind women.

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie Nov 24, 2018 10:40 AM PST

    You want a younger person for viewers but the younger viewers are working. You guys are clueless. You will kill the show if you break these two up.

  • Desiree
    Desiree Nov 23, 2018 1:00 PM PST

    Kathie has been there since the 80s and she was also on name that tune in the late 70s☺

  • Cindy
    Cindy Nov 21, 2018 5:56 PM PST

    Tired of hearing the mindset to bring in younger people. I enjoy the energy of younger people but let’s not dismiss those who paved the way and have a wealth of knowledge to share with ‘younger people.’ Morning shows are now becoming over populated with ‘youth.’ Just sayin....let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water....

    • Mary McConnell
      Mary McConnell Nov 22, 2018 1:09 PM PST

      I totally agree!

  • Will
    Will Nov 15, 2018 5:08 PM PST

    Younger people don't watch Today because they're at work, not because of who's hosting.

  • Susan
    Susan Nov 15, 2018 3:27 PM PST

    A MISTAKE letting Megan Kelly go. She represents strong, confident, yet sensitive women. She has strong opinions and that’s a good thing, because she allowed others to have their opinions too. I love what she brings to the conversation. People today are so hypersensitive about everything and take things so personal. Ridiculous. What an insult to those of us who can handle the opinions of others and who can intellectually decipher the difference between what is a racist comment and what clearly is not. Regarding Kathie Lee, she’s great but a little neurotic for the show. And Jenna is an amazingly wonderful person, but a tad boring for the show. You will lose viewers. Honesty.

  • Judith OConnor
    Judith OConnor Nov 15, 2018 2:16 PM PST

    Kathee Lee is obnoxious!! She is rude; constantly interrupts Hoda and everyone else who appears on the show! Jenna Bush is delightful, sweet and down to earth! She would be a fantastic YOUNG replacement and a breath of fresh air which NBC desperately needs!

  • Earlene L Wolfe
    Earlene L Wolfe Nov 15, 2018 12:43 PM PST

    If you replace Kathie Lee, count on this viewer to quit any NBC morning programs. I'm 60yo and appreciate the fun, humor and dynamic that Hoda and KLG bring to the 1000 of NBC. There is no cause to fire KLG except agism. Shame on you NBC for practicing such a discrimination.

    • Jan Vrin
      Jan Vrin Nov 16, 2018 3:45 PM PST

      I’m 75 and I won’t miss her. (Happy to see Megyn gone also). We need new energy. Kathylee pretending to drink wine at 5 o’clock in the morning is way too goofy.

  • Carolyn E Oswald
    Carolyn E Oswald Nov 15, 2018 12:21 PM PST

    I agree. Although I do know where it ends.... It's call Big Brother among other names. And long in the tooth??? Al Roker? Very reverse racism

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