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Kathie Lee Gifford, who shared the TV spotlight and coffee with Regis Philbin for 15 years, is returning to the morning airwaves next month as part of NBC's "Today" show, the network said on Monday.
Gifford, 54, widely expected for several weeks to join "Today," will co-host the newly launched fourth hour of the top-rated U.S. morning show with NBC News correspondent Hoda Kotb, starting on April 7, according to the network.
"It couldn't be worse timing in some ways," Gifford joked as her hiring was announced during Monday's "Today" broadcast. "I'm eight years older, 10 pounds heavier and a half-inch shorter, and just in time for HD television. -- Reuters