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Kathie Lee Gifford almost left “Today” a year ago.

The daytime television veteran announced on Tuesday that she will be leaving the NBC morning show in April of 2019, but the public announcement comes a year after she had initially planned to exit the show after a decade of hosting the 10 a.m. hour alongside Hoda Kotb.

Gifford revealed that she told NBC executives in January of 2017 that she planned on leaving at the end of the year so that she could focus on a variety of other projects, but Matt Lauer’s shocking firing following allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace led to an unexpected change of plans.

Kathie Lee said, “You get to a point in your life where you run out of time to do what you want to do,” of her career outlook, before noting that “things changed” after Lauer’s firing.

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