On Friday, in honor of the 65-year-old TV personality’s final day on the NBC morning show after more than a decade, her longtime co-workers took to social media to bid her farewell.
Hoda Kotb, who served as Gifford’s co-host, shared a sweet quote by Beau Taplin on Twitter that alluded to Gifford’s departure. “Sunsets are proof that endings can be beautiful too,” the message read.
Meanwhile, Jenna Bush Hager, Gifford’s replacement alongside Kotb, said that Gifford has taught her about “the power of humor, and steadfast faith.” Hager shared the kind words alongside a photo of herself and her two daughters, Margaret, 5, and Poppy, 3, with Gifford, revealing that her girls “adore” their mom’s now-former co-worker.
Craig Melvin shared a snap from Thursday’s episode of Today, gushing that Gifford is “one of a kind.”
While saying goodbye is never easy, on her penultimate episode of Today on Thursday, Gifford said she was “at peace” with her decision and has enjoyed receiving so much praise.
“Usually you have to die before people say such nice things about you,” she quipped.
When ET’s Nischelle Turner caught up with Gifford and Kotb last month, they were emotional about Gifford’s departure.
“She’s the best friend you can have,” Gifford tearfully said of Kotb. “I consider Hoda one of my dearest forever.”
“The day that I met Kathie, that was big line of demarcation. I feel like everything changed and got better and got happier,” Kotb agreed. “I felt more fulfilled and I felt like I took risks that I never thought I could take.”
Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford together