Kathie Lee Gifford joins “Today”


NBC announced that Kathie Lee Gifford has been named co-host of the fourth hour of "Today." Gifford will make her debut alongside Hoda Kotb at 10 a.m. on April 7, 2008.

"I am truly honored to join the ‘Today’ show family, many of whom have been friends and colleagues of mine for years. And I’m especially looking forward to working with Hoda, a bright and beautiful woman I admire very much. Together I hope we will bring a fresh and fun perspective to the topics that affect all of our daily lives," said Gifford.

The fourth hour of NBC News’ “Today” launched in September 2007.

Ann Curry will continue her role as news anchor of the 7-9 am hours of "Today," as well as co-host, with Al Roker, of the 9 am hour. Natalie Morales will join Curry and Roker as a third co-host at 9 am. Morales will also continue to serve as national correspondent for "Today" and all platforms of NBC News.