Kathie Lee Mulls West Coast Move, But Can She Lasso Hoda?

Western gals? Kathie Lee Gifford (right, in this file photo from NBC) is considering a move to L.A. But will her co-host Hoda (left) come with her? (Photo: NBC)

Kathie Lee Gifford is reportedly thinking about relocating to California, a move that would have a major impact on the hour of NBC’s “Today” show that she co-hosts with Hoda Kotb.

A move could mean the 10 o’clock twosome might have to start their morning wine-drinking a lot earlier — at 7 a.m. West Coast time.

NBC had no immediate comment when we asked if the company had a reaction to the story in the New York Post here that cites unnamed sources as saying Gifford, 59, would like to move to the Los Angeles area because her two children are located there now.

Son Cody, 22, is a football star at USC — following in the footsteps of his father, Frank Gifford, 82. Daughter Cassidy, 19, is an aspiring actress and model trying to break into showbiz in L.A., The Post said.

As it happens, Kathie Lee and Hoda are in the midst of a two-week stint on the West Coast, originating their portion of the “Today” show from NBC’s L.A. headquarters.

“Kathie Lee and Hoda are out in Los Angeles for two weeks, but it’s also a test run to make the move to LA permanent,” says the Post’s unnamed source.

The Post story says Kathie Lee is trying to persuade Hoda to also move west so they can continue the show there.

Watch a Kathie Lee clip: Here, she makes peace with Chelsea Handler:
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So, will this move ever happen? That remains to be seen, but from the standpoint of Kathie Lee’s personal life, the scenario is not far-fetched. She and her husband have lived in the New York City and southern Connecticut area for more than two decades, but now that the children have moved to California and their East Coast home is half empty, why not make the move?

Certainly, it should be emphasized that the future of the Kathie Lee and Hoda show — where the two are famous for sipping morning glasses of wine — is not up to Kathie Lee Gifford. It’s up to NBC, and no portion of the hallowed “Today” show has ever originated from anywhere except NBC’s New York headquarters at Rockefeller Center. Producers might not want to see a portion of their show get away from them.

On the other hand, moving the show’s most light-hearted hour to Tinseltown just might be the kind of shake-up the producers of the “Today” show should be considering, now that their show, once the dominant network morning show, is now in second place behind ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

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