Kathie Lee Gifford is returning to morning television. Starting next Monday, she will co-anchor the fourth hour of the Today show with Hoda Kotb.
Any commentary we could add would be superfluous. Instead, here are the words of Lisa de Moraes of the Washington Post. De Moraes has captured the general mood pretty well, in our opinion:
Kathie Lee Gifford, America’s most meaninglessly controversial figure, will make her triumphant television comeback Monday on NBC News’s “Today” show. […] The announcement of her return, eight years after taking a powder from Disney’s popular syndicated daytime talker “Live With Regis & Kathie Lee,” was made by Matt Lauer. “How many people are simply known by one name, first name: Elvis, Cher, Madonna? You can add one more to that list, someone who is no stranger to the morning grind — Kathie Lee,” Lauer said as he revved up the announcement. “Isn’t that two names?” asked “Today” weatherman Al Roker, a stickler for details.
PS: Roker’s right.