Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, the co-hosts of the fourth hour of "Today," are at odds over which direction to take the show — literally, reports TMZ.com.
Gifford wants to move the show to Hollywood, as we reported earlier this week. But Kotb reportedly wants to remain in New York City, creating some tension between the two co-hosts.
“Sources connected to ‘Today’ tell TMZ … Kathie Lee has been lobbying to move the show for a long time, but Hoda has been adamant — she wants to stay in NYC,” the piece reports. “Our sources say Hoda felt the heat was off when Kathie Lee started doing her Broadway show … she thought Kathie Lee might get off the whole L.A. thing. But when the show wrapped in December, Kathie Lee immediately started pushing again for an L.A. move.”
Tension between the two surfaced when Kotb felt that Gifford snubbed her by failing to promote her book on-air, the piece adds, citing sources close to the show. One source noted: "Both women are really strong, so tension is almost inevitable.”
The report adds: “For now, they’ve reached a compromise … they would do the show for a few weeks here and there in L.A., but we’re told Kathie Lee is unbending — she wants to make the move.”
Citing sources connected to CAA, the agency that reps Kotb, the piece notes that Kotb is interested in complementing her “Today” work with additional projects — and that could ease the standoff by bringing her to L.A.