Now that Kathie Lee Gifford is saying so long to Today after 11 years, NBC is looking far and wide to replace her. While plenty of names have been brought up (some realistic and some just plain out there), the decision may ultimately be made by the co-host Kathie Lee is leaving behind: Hoda Kotb. “Whoever it is, it’s going to be the most blessed person on Earth,” Kathie told Entertainment Tonight about her replacement. “We don’t know if it’s going to be a woman or a man or anything in between. We don’t know! We’re not judging, whoever Hoda wants, Hoda gets!” Hoda didn’t exactly comment on who her next wine pal should be, but Kathie Lee went ahead and added, “Yes! No matter what she says, yes. It comes down to her.”
“Nobody can fill those, no one can fill those shoes,” Hoda told the outlet. And she’s right. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t offer up some suggestions in hopes that NBC will finally listen to us. That’s why we’ve gone ahead and compiled some men and women who would be perfect to get buzzed and banter about everything going on in the world once Kathie Lee leaves her Today co-host seat behind next year.
Scroll down to see who we think should be Hoda’s next co-host!