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Kathie Lee Gifford leaves "Today"

"As we all know, Kathie Lee's record has been crowded with film, music, and book projects lately, and after giving us eleven extraordinary years, she has decided to devote herself fully to these other creative endeavors "NBC News President Noah Oppenheim wrote in an internal memo Tuesday morning.

Oppenheim called her a "legend" for her "enduring and endearing talents in morning television."

Since 2008, Gifford, together with Hoda Kotb, organizes the 10-hour hour of Hoda Kotb talks, celebrity guests and flowing wine.

"In 2008, I was with the TODAY Show family who intended to spend a year," Gifford said in a statement Tuesday. "But something unexpected happened along the way: I fell in love with a beautiful, talented, extraordinary Egyptian goddess named Hoda and an amazing group of individuals who work tirelessly and joyfully on their jobs, many starting at midnight and creating an unprecedented four Hours of live television I stayed with a million memories year after year with people I'll never forget I'm leaving TODAY with a grateful heart, but I'm really looking forward to this new creative season in my life Thanks to all the wonderful people people who flew the years away. "

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