Jenna Bush Hager joins Hoda Kotb as co-host of the 4th hour of the Today Show


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By Shane Lou

Jenna Bush Hager will join Hoda Kotb as a permanent co-host of the fourth hour today, later this year.

The announcement came less than three months after Kathie Lee Gifford announced that she would leave Hoda's partner position for the fourth hour in April.

Jenna will officially join Hoda at the fourth hour of April, after the show has bid farewell to Kathie Lee.Nathan Congleton / NBC

"It's humiliating and I can not believe it," Jenna told the show Tuesday morning.

She shared with Hoda and Kathie Lee what her father, former President George W. Bush, told him after learning the news.

"My dad just wrote me in three words, which made me cry. He said, "Very proud daddy," Jenna said, her voice cracking, before joking. "What am I, what to be proud of? I only drink wine in the morning!

She then addressed kind words to Kathie Lee: "You have been such a model and you have been so generous with your time. … You are loved here in many ways and if I can use part of your grace and have half of what you did, my life will be very happy. "

Kathie Lee reciprocated by saying to Jenna, "You continue to trust your instincts and you will sit next to the best person in the world because she has your back, because she has your heart. It's gonna be fun. You are going to have a balloon.

Congratulations quickly poured in after the announcement:

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