The Today dynamic wine-drinking duo of Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford soon will be no more, but separating the two is easier said than done, RadarOnline.com can exclusively reveal.
Although it was announced that Kotb would stay on with Gifford as well as officially replace disgraced co-anchor Matt Lauer on the first two hours of Today, sources told Radar that Kotb wants out of her hosting duties with Gifford as soon as possible.
“Hoda is now too big for the fourth hour,” one show insider explained. “She wants to focus all her attention on the first two hours.” According to the source, Kotb insisted it would be considered highly unorthodox for NBC to have asked her former co-host Matt Lauer or Kotb’s new partner, Savannah Guthrie, to host the fourth hour, so why should she?
“It was beneath them and now it’s beneath Hoda too,” noted the source. So how long will Kotb put up with pulling double duty with Gifford, 64, on Today?
“Hoda will keep on hosting with Kathie Lee for the next six months and slowly pull away,” said the source.