She approves! Savannah Guthrie is just another familiar face on Today that sent nothing but praise Jenna Bush Hager‘s way after we all learned that she will be replacing Kathie Lee Gifford when she departs in April.
On Tuesday, February 26, news was confirmed that Jenna, 37, will be sitting next to Hoda Kotb during the fourth hour of Today as soon as Kathie Lee, 65, departs. And while Laura Bush‘s daughter received plenty of kind words, her coworker, Savannah, 47, offered up a lovely message as well on Instagram.
“I am bursting with joy and pride! Who better than my dearest @jennabhager to carry on this beautiful, fun, funny, magical show that @klgandhoda started!!” Savannah captioned a clip showing Hoda, 54, and Kathie Lee revealing the great news. “The torch (and by torch I mean wineglass) is passing from one lovely to another.” You know, because that fourth hour is all about drinking, which just makes us relate to it that much more.
Jenna is of course pretty elated to be taking over such a TV icon, but she had a message for Kathie Lee as well, saying on the program, “You have been such a role model and so generous with your time … You are beloved here in so many ways and if I can use some of your grace and have a half of what you’ve done, my life will be a very happy one.” The Live! alum’s final day on the popular NBC show is slated for April 5, but even she approves of the person that will be keeping her seat warm.
“This day is about you,” Kathie Lee told Jenna. She then recalled the time Jenna filled in for Hoda during the 2018 Winter Olympics. “Those two weeks, I saw you blossom,” she continued. “You started to trust your instincts, you started to believe in yourself. That you are not only a presence and a gift but you earned it.” The TV personality added, “You earned the right to sit and be something to all these wonderful people that watch us everyday. When you stopped caring what people think, that’s when the magic happened.”
It seems like everyone is all about the network’s pick, now we will have to wait and see how Jenna and Hoda play-off each other on live TV. We’re looking forward to it!