Kathie Lee Gifford to leave NBC's 'TODAY' show in April

  • Kathie Lee Gifford will step away from the NBC's "TODAY" show in April.
  • NBC News chief Noah Oppenheim told staffers Tuesday morning that Gifford will leave after 11 years on the show.
Kathie Lee Gifford on Thursday, August 16, 2018 -- (Photo by: Zach Pagano/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Kathie Lee Gifford on Thursday, August 16, 2018 -- (Photo by: Zach Pagano/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Kathie Lee Gifford will be putting aside her morning glass of wine and will step away from the NBC's "TODAY" show in April.

NBC News chief Noah Oppenheim told staffers Tuesday morning that Gifford will leave after 11 years on the show, most recently hosting the 10 a.m. hour alongside Hoda Kotb and sipping plenty of reds.

In a memo to staff, Oppenheim called the 65-year-old Gifford "one of the most enduring and endearing talents in morning television. In short — she is a legend." He said she will focus on her film, music and book projects.

In the memo, Oppenheim said Gifford said she was leaving "with a grateful heart but I'm truly excited for this new creative season in my life."

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