Kathie Lee Gifford joining "Today" show

March 31, 2008 7:16:09 AM PDT
Kathie Lee Gifford is returning to morning television as a co-anchor of the "Today" show's fourth hour.

Gifford will join anchor Kota Hotb (KOH'-tuh HAHT'-bee) on April seventh.

Gifford says it's the right time for her to go back to TV because her children are grown. Her son Cody is going off to college this fall and her daughter Cassidy is a teenager.

She jokes that she had to get out of the house because she was tired of watching her husband Frank Gifford's "old highlight films in black and white."

Gifford also joked about her timing, returning when she's "eight years older, ten pounds heavier, a half-inch shorter, just in time for HD television."

Gifford left "Live With Regis and Kathie Lee" eight years ago.