HODA: I QUIT TOO!
FED-UP CO-HOST FOLLOWING KATHIE LEE OUT ‘TODAY’ DOOR
KATHIE LEE GIFFORD isn’t the only one throwing in her wineglass on the fourth hour of “Today” — so is co-host
Although Hoda cried crocodile tears when Kathie Lee announced her departure, sources said she was secretly steamed at having to sit with Kathie Lee until she officially leaves in April and wants a clean break!
“Hoda is over buddying up with Kathie Lee, as well as the whole format of the show,” snitched a source.
“A few days after Kathie Lee’s announcement, Hoda went to the honchos and said, ‘I quit!’
“It’s caused a huge panic at NBC, as they can’t lose all of their most famous faces in just a few months.
“At the very least, Hoda wants to give up the fourth hour of ‘Today,’ and they’re scrambling to find a way to make her stay.”
Hoda, 54, and Kathie Lee, 65, began co-hosting “Today’s” fourth hour together in April 2008 and grew as close as sisters.
But they drifted apart after Hoda started dating businessman Joel
Schiffman and adopted daughter Haley Joy.
Then Hoda was officially named co-host of the first two hours of “Today” after Matt Lauer was booted in a sleazy sex scandal, insiders said. Now, according to sources, Hoda has stopped lunching with Kathie Lee, and the two women no longer socialize. Insiders said Hoda, who started out as a correspondent on “Dateline NBC” in
1998, likes her job and the network’s feeling is mutual.
But she’s also started to feel as if she belongs to a light entertainment club, swilling wine with Kathie Lee. A source added: “Internally at NBC News, Kathie Lee will not be missed.
“She’s a joke — more entertainer than reporter. Staff laughed it was more like working with a ‘Real Housewife’ than a member of the news team.”
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Kotb and Gifford no longer socialize, said an insider