A Look Back at Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb's Best Moments on the Today Show

Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb have definitely had some fun over the years.

Gifford is completing her final broadcast as the host of the Today show’s fourth hour on Friday.

In celebration of her 11 years with the network, PEOPLE is taking a look back at some of Gifford and Kotb’s best moments as co-hosts. From breaking out into song, getting tongue-tied live on air, spilling wine and more, there’s certainly no shortage of laughs between the longtime friends.

One year before Gifford announced her plans to depart from the show, she and Kotb commemorated their 10-year anniversary on the show with a compilation video of “the good, the bad and blurry” they’ve experienced from over the years.

The clip opened with Kotb and Gifford listing off their booze-filled nicknames for the different days of the weeks.

“It’s Monday, known around here as Funday,” said Gifford. “Booze-day, Tuesday. “Wines-day, Wednesday. Thirsty Thursday. Friday, Friday!”

The clip also featured hilarious conversations between the co-hosts, including the time Kotb revealed her preferred style of grooming.

“How did anybody find anything attractive down there until we started shaving, dying, bedazzling, mowing, ” said Gifford before asking Kobt “Which one are you, missy?”

“I’m the landing strip,” she replied, leaving Gifford speechless.

“Seen any 747s recently?” Gifford cracked.

Of course, there was also the time Kotb accidentally shared her personal cellphone number live on-air while demonstrating the then-new Apple watches.

“I have 20 voicemails,” she said.

Gifford has also playfully flirted with a fair share of her guests on the show, including Tom Selleck, Jimmy Fallon and Dan Levy.

“Most people think you and I are highly inappropriate on a daily basis,” said Gifford.

And while most of the shenanigans occurred mid-segment, in 2012, the women opened the show by revealing that Kotb was covered in wine. They explained that just moments before going live, a glass of wine spilled and shattered over Kotb’s lap while she was getting her mic fixed.

“Mostly, sorry you spilled the wine,” Gifford said as Kotb was brought another glass.

Gifford announced in December that she would be leaving the network to pursue personal projects, including producing Christian music and films. Jenna Bush Hager, 37, will take over co-hosting duties for the NBC morning show’s fourth hour alongside Kotb.

“I thought I’d stay a year and here it is, 11 years later,” Gifford recently told PEOPLE in an exclusive interview. “And in those 11 years a lot of life has happened.”

“The work that I want to do isn’t here anymore,” she continued, gesturing around her dressing room at the show’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza studio. “I am an artist, I’m an actress, I’m a writer, I’m a songwriter, a director now. That’s the stuff that feeds my soul and I know that I’m running out of time to do those things.”


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