One more contender on Kathie Lee Gifford's spot in 'Today' revealed

Oyin Balogun
Dec 18, 2018
11:10 A.M.
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It’s been over a week now that Kathie Lee Gifford made mention of her intention to leave the Today show this coming April. Since her announcement, there have been different speculations on who will be replacing her on the show; this contender seems like the right one so far.


Kathie Lee Gifford is leaving the Today show and therefore a need for a new co-host for Hoda Kotb. After 11 years Kathie said she is looking to focus on other projects close and dear to her heart.


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While on the search for who will be the next right hand “guy” for Hoda, one name keeps popping up – Jerry O’ Connell.


Jerry had been on the show several times, joining Kathie and Hoda to anchor the show. This makes it a no-brainer for him to be the next person in line after Kathie leaves.

In an exclusive talk with E! News, Jerry mentioned he had not been officially informed about any offer from the show.

"Officially, I have not heard anything. I love that format. I love Hoda, Hoda is an infectious, beautiful soul. It's such an exciting time in her life. It would be an honor for anyone who gets to be there with her." – Jerry O’ Connell

When he was asked how he feels about working with Hoda, Jerry couldn’t contain his excitement at the idea. He also didn’t hold any words back saying “It would be an honor.”


Amidst all the rumors, NBC hasn’t made any official comment regarding who will be replacing Kathie when she leaves the show. One other strong contender is Jenna Bush Hager. Jenna is an American author and news personality.

Even though Jerry doesn’t mind joining the show, all he wants is to keep watching Hoda and Kathie for as long as possible. Like most people, Jerry isn’t looking forward to April – he needs all the time he can get to watch the dynamic duo perform their magic for as long as possible.

“those are my girls” - Jerry.