Former first daughter and NBC correspondent Jenna Bush Hager will join The Today Show's fourth hour alongside Hoda Kotb. Bush Hager is replacing outgoing host Kathie Lee Gifford, who is exiting the show in April. Bush Hager, daughter of former President George W. Bush, has been with the peacock network since 2009.
The news of Bush Hager's promotion comes a few weeks after NBC News execs announced the third hour of the long-running morning show at 9 A.M. would be hosted by Dylan Dreyer, Sheinelle Jones, Craig Melvin and Al Roker. This slot was previously held by the now defunct, struggling Megyn Kelly Today.
On Tuesday, NBC News president Noah Oppenheim released a memo saying,
We have some exciting news to share with you this morning. Jenna Bush Hager will be joining Hoda Kotb as a co-host of the fourth hour of TODAY. Jenna will officially start her new role in April after we bid a fond farewell to Kathie Lee Gifford. We will be announcing Jenna’s new role at the top of the 10 a.m. hour this morning.
Jenna joined TODAY nearly ten years ago and she quickly became a fixture in our family. Her compassion and curiosity come through in all of her stories, along with her Texas-sized sense of humor. Jenna instantly connects with everyone she meets, whether they are guests on our show or fans on the Plaza.
Gifford shared her support for Bush Hager on Twitter where she stated,