Kathie Lee Gifford

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Kathie Lee Gifford is the co-host of the fourth hour of TODAY, alongside Hoda Kotb. The Gifford-Kotb hour has been hailed as “appointment television” by Entertainment Weekly, and “TODAY’s happy hour” by USA Today. In 2014, Gifford penned the critically acclaimed “TODAY, the Musical,” featuring the hosts and crew of the show, and each month she writes a new song for the popular segment, Everyone Has a Story. Gifford and Kotb also hosted the two-hour prime time special“A Toast to 2014”reporting on the year’s busiest stories and interviews. Prior to NBC News, Gifford served as the co-host of “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee” for 15 years, where she received 11 Emmy nominations.  She was also a correspondent for “Good Morning America” for three years. A playwright, producer, singer, songwriter and actress, Gifford has starred in numerous television programs and movies in her 40-year career. She has her own record label and has written several musicals including Broadway’s SCANDALOUS, which received a Tony nomination for Best Actress in 2012.  Gifford also starred on Broadway in “Putting it Together” and “Annie.”Gifford authored three NY Times bestselling books including “Just When I Thought I’d Dropped My Last Egg,”“I Can’t Believe I Said That,” and the popular children’s book “Party Animals.” Her book, “Good Gifts, A Year In The Heart of a Home” raised over $1 million for the Salvation Army. She most recently launched GIFFT, a line of wine with the Scheid Family Vineyards in Monterey, CA. Gifford lends support to numerous children’s organizations including Childhelp, the Association to Benefit Children, the Salvation Army and The International Justice Mission. A devoted humanitarian, she received an honorary degree from Marymount University for her humanitarian work in labor relations. Gifford resides in Greenwich, CT with her two children.