Today Show Fans Demand Kathie Lee Gifford Replace Jenna Bush Hager
Today show fans miss former host, Kathie Lee Gifford, and have even called for her to return to the show in Jenna Bush Hager’s spot. Jenna hosts the fourth hour of Today, alongside Hoda Kotb.
Jenna and Hoda shared a chat about Taylor Swift’s split from Joe Alwyn, during Monday’s broadcast. The show posted a clip of the conversation on Instagram, and fans let their opinions fly in the comment section. Most viewers swapped comments about the celebrity breakup, but others shared that they missed Kathie Lee.
A fan declared — “I miss Kathie Lee.”
Another person chimed in — “Agreed! JBH is beyond annoying. Most days I have to stop watching because of it. Unfortunately because she’s a former President’s daughter, they will never replace her.”
A third agreed — “Miss Kathie Lee!”
One user even suggested that the show axe Jenna, writing — “I wish they would take Jenna off and bring back Kathie Lee.”
Kathie Lee joined Today in 2008 as the co-host of Today With Kathie Lee and Hoda.
Kathie Lee explained why she decided to leave Today, during an April 2019 appearance on The Tonight Show.
She told host, Jimmy Fallon, that she had given her notice to Today, two years prior. She shared that the death of her husband, New York Giants great and media personality, Frank Gifford, shifted her priorities.
“After my husband passed, you really realize that you’re gonna run out of time. He didn’t know that morning he was running out of time. And then my mom passed, as well,” Kathie Lee told Fallon.
She continued — “I realized just recently that I’m in a state where I never dreamed I’d be. I’m a widow, I’m an orphan and I’m an empty nester and that just hit me like a ton of bricks. For the first time in my life, I have the time and the means to go and do anything I want to do.”
Kathie Lee added that she also wanted to write and act in films.
This wasn’t the first time that fans spoke out about replacing Jenna. Earlier this month, fans put the host on blast for a head-shaking habit, which came out during her recent interview with Brooke Shields.
Jenna and Hoda asked Brooke what she would want to erase from her past, in light of her recent documentary.
“The only thing that I’d want to erase is my mother’s alcoholism,” Brooke replied. “Because that was such a constant source of agony for me.”
Today fans were quick to point out that Jenna “shakes her head too much.”
One fan wrote in the comment section of the clip posted on Instagram — “I love Jenna, so please don’t come for me, but someone needs to talk to her about her ALWAYS shaking her head NO when she’s talking. It’s so distracting.”
Another added — “Her body language is not in sync. It’s like saying no, but you really mean yes. Am I the only one?”
A viewer chimed in — “No you’re not. A lot of her reactions are inappropriate to the situation.”
Another noted that Hoda should “stop making grunting noises” during interviews.