In fact, when Kathie Lee announced she was leaving Today after almost 11 years, NBC News chief Noah Oppenheim released a statement about the two wonderful women who changed the face of morning TV.
“When we first launched this incredible hour, no one could have predicted the lightning (or rather, wine) in a bottle that is Hoda [and] Kathie Lee,” he said at the time. “Whether in studio or on one of their many road trips, they have delighted our audience with their distinct brand of fun, friendship, and adventure.”
Although fans were sad to see Kathie Lee go, she still stayed in contact with Hoda when the talk show host moved to Nashville, Tennessee. “Everybody asks me, like, ‘How is Kathie doing?’” the NBC star told their fans in November 2019. “I go, ‘You don’t understand. Kathie Lee is happier now than I remember her being.’ Then I have been in years and years and years.”
Since departing Today, Kathie Lee has been focused on making projects that move her heart. In 2019, she played Lillian in the TV series The Baxters and she also has a new movie coming out called Then Came You. But acting isn’t her only passion. The Emmy winner is also working on new music as well as writing and directing films.
“I want to do really powerful, creative work and I want to tell stories. I’m grateful for what I’ve had — deeply grateful,” she previously told Closer Weekly. “[But] when it’s time for you to leave, you should leave.”
Since Hoda knew her friend needed a change of pace, she didn’t hold her it against her. The only thing the mom of two did was cherish all the sweet moments she’s had with Kathie Lee. “I just said to Kath the other day, ‘You know what’s funny?’ I said, ‘I feel like every good thing in my life happened after she and I met,'” the talk show host previously said on Today. “I was just saying, it’s bizarre to think that one thing happens [and it’s a domino effect]. And I said to Kath, I feel like that happened with me, I got to live all these cool dreams after meeting her. It’s pretty cool.”
The former costars’ friendship has truly withstood the test of time. The Name That Tune alum offered a message of support to Hoda when she announced her breakup from fiancé Joel Schiffman on Today in January 2022.
“My darling Hoda, I am truly so proud of the way you have handled a very difficult and painful decision,” she commented on a post on the Today with Hoda & Jenna Instagram page. “As usual, you did it with grace and kindness. May God bless you and your precious girls and Joel as well as you continue down this thing called life. I love you.”
Scroll below to see Hoda and Kathie Lee’s sweetest moments together!
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