Gifford up for 'Today' job

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NEW YORK -- Former morning show host Kathie Lee Gifford might be plotting a comeback as a co-host of the fourth hour of "Today."

Gifford is one of several people from inside and out of the network whom NBC News has been talking with about a co-host role during the morning show's fourth hour. She co-hosted at least once in the fall alongside regular co-hosts Ann Curry and Hota Kotb.

"I think she's a great talent," "Today" executive producer Jim Bell said Thursday afternoon. But he said that there's no imminent announcement as there are other people the network is talking to as well.

It comes at a time when "Today" is on another hot streak. It just concluded a February sweep period that was its second-best since 2004. "Today" averaged 6.1 million viewers in February, compared with 4.9 million viewers for ABC's "Good Morning America" and the 3.1 million viewers for CBS' "The Early Show."

How Gifford would fit in remains to be seen. The singer-actress shot to fame in the 1970s with appearances on "Name That Tune" and then in the mid-1980s as a co-host on "The Morning Show" with Regis Philbin, first on WABC-TV in New York and then nationally in 1988.
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