announced her upcoming departure on Tuesday, with a source telling ET it will likely be Bush Hager. " data-reactid="32">Speculation over who would take Gifford's spot on Today's fourth hour began as soon as she announced her upcoming departure on Tuesday, with a source telling ET it will likely be Bush Hager.
“The likelihood of it going to her is high. She’s very well liked here [at the show and network],” the source said. If Bush Hager gets the gig, she'd be filling Gifford’s seat after the long-time host leaves the program on April 7, 2019 -- the 11-year anniversary of her start on the show.
Bush Hager, meanwhile, has been with the network for a little less than a decade. She made her first appearance on Today in 2009, with NBC reportedly shelling out a reported $500,000 a year on her salary. She didn't have much experience in broadcast, but succeeded at bringing in high-profile interviews with several members of her famous family.
In 2006, two years after leaving the White House, the University of Texas at Austin alum was working as a teacher's aide. Several months later, she worked with UNICEF; she was interviewed for the first time by ET at the organization's gala in 2007.