Kathie Lee Gifford leaving NBC's 'TODAY' show in April 2019

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Kathie Lee Gifford leaving NBC's 'TODAY' show in April 2019

On Tuesday, Kathie Lee Gifford sent out an internal memo over at the Today show studios in NYC - and then announced live on air alongside co-host Hoda Kotb - that she'll be leaving the show in April after 11 years on air.

The beloved host will be departing the morning show on her 11th anniversary in April 2019.

She left that show in 2000 and joined "Today" in 2008.

"In 2008, I joined the TODAY Show family intending to spend one year", Gifford said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Kathie Lee Gifford leaving NBC's 'TODAY' show in April 2019

"When we first launched this incredible hour, no one could have predicted the lightning (or rather, wine) in a bottle that is Hoda & Kathie Lee", Oppenheim continued.

Oppenheim called her a "legend" for her "enduring and endearing talents in morning television". Gifford - the former longtime co-host of "Live with Regis & Kathie Lee" - quickly became a "Today" fan favorite when she returned to television. "I've been in this business for 120 years and never worked with a more attractive group of people who just give, give, give every day". It's an exciting time for me and I'm thrilled about all the projects that are coming up, but it's also hard. I stayed year after year making a million memories with people I will never forget. "Many thanks to all the wonderful people who made the years fly by". "Back when I was a kid that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character", she said. Before that, she was a correspondent on Good Morning America for three years.

"The minute you stepped into my life with both feet...everything changed", said a teary Kotb.

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