Jenna Bush Hager is in the running to replace Kathie Lee Gifford on the Today show, according to ET.
The outlet claims that NBC executives are “strongly considering” Hager as a replacement. “The likelihood of it going to her is high. She’s very well liked here [at the show and network],” a source told ET.
The daughter of former president George W. Bush has been on the show countless times, and has also been a teacher and author.
Gifford announced that she was leaving the show in a heartfelt statement. “I have something to share with everybody and it’s bittersweet, as these things always are, but I’ve been here almost 11 years,” she began.
“Thought I would stay one year. Something happened along the way. Fell in love with a beautiful Egyptian goddess and now, when it’s our 11th anniversary, I’m going to be leaving the Today show. It’s an exciting time for me and I’m thrilled about all the projects that are coming up, but it’s also hard because the reason that I stayed longer than a year is because I love everybody here so much,” Gifford concluded.
Gifford will say farewell to the Today show in April of 2019.