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Kathie Lee and Hoda

'Tension' Over 'Today'

In Tinseltown

2/15/2013 4:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Kathie Lee Gifford
and Hoda Kotb are at loggerheads over moving their hour of "Today" to Hollywood ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected to "Today" tell TMZ ... Kathie Lee has been lobbying to move the show for a long time, but Hoda has been adamant -- she wants to stay in NYC. 

Our sources say Hoda felt the heat was off when Kathie Lee started doing her Broadway show ... she thought Kathie Lee might get off the whole L.A. thing. But when the show wrapped in December, Kathie Lee immediately started pushing again for an L.A. move.

Our sources say there is "some tension" between Hoda and Kathie Lee ... which began when Hoda felt Kathie Lee snubbed her by not promoting her book on the air.

"Both women are really strong, so tension is almost inevitable," says one source. For now, they've reached a compromise ... they would do the show for a few weeks here and there in L.A., but we're told Kathie Lee is unbending -- she wants to make the move.

Sources connected to CAA -- the mega-talent agency which now reps Hoda -- tell TMZ ... Hoda wants new projects in addition to "Today" and if the agency gets her some gigs in L.A. that could change things, but for now she and Kathie Lee are East Coast/West Coast rivals.

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31.

donna    

I really like both you and Hoda, but dislike the focus on alcohol on your show. I am absolutely not a prude or a non-drinker, but think this sets a really bad example for kids and a problem for recovering alcoholics (or alcoholics in general). Do you really need a drink at 10:00 AM??I realize most kids are in school at this hour, but they are home in the summer and could be tuned in to your show..Just some thoughts--maybe you could not focus so much on the booze,,you're both very funny without it...

581 days ago
32.

NormalGuy    

Their show sucks. Kathie Lee is old and ugly and Hoda is just a misplaced Arab.

581 days ago
33.

Wow ...    

I don't watch the show because of Kathie Lee. Still I say leave it in New York. She signed on for the show there, let it stay there.

581 days ago
34.

Jazzyj    

I've never been able to stomach Tge self righteous Kathie Lee since her days on Regis...she is a self serving b*tch, always has been. She's lucky she even has a job in the industry!

581 days ago
35.

Carl    

Kathy Lee is a world class bi*ch and everyone knows it. Always has been, always will be. I don't know why everyone puts up with her, it isn't the 90s with Regis anymore.

581 days ago
36.

LittleBIt    

Kathie Lee should SHUT HER BIG MOUTH about everything!! The woman is a constant screw-up, mistake maker and embarrassment to the station shes on. She just cant keep her old hag face out of the picture. She does NOT deserve to be hosting ANY show for TV, especially a news and current events show. Shes a nobody really and she should go the hell home to her husband before he starts cheating on her again. She has made several monumental flubbs while interviewing people. Asked Martin Short how his wife was doing and the woman had been dead for a year!!!! For God's sake - GET THIS LOSER OFF OF TV. Today should stay in NYC where it belongs. Kathie just wants to go all hollywood and be around all the stars out there in LA. LA has enough loser-idiots out there . . . . they dont need another one.

581 days ago
37.

bridget    

I'm sure her children are thrilled that their mother wants to move to LA to be near them while they attend college. Talk about helicopter parenting. It makes no business sense to move the show to LA. Why not move Hoda to the 7 to 10am hour and pair KLG with someone else. B/c the ratings will tank and they'll fire Kathie Lee!

581 days ago
38.

Ann    

Take Cathy off and let Hoda have the show alone....I can't watch Cathy another second....stopped watching the show long ago because of her mouth....

Hoda carries the show anyway...when
Cathy will shut up long enough for Hoda to talk

581 days ago
39.

Nettie    

I think it's a great show. Differences sometime are what make people work harder at making it right. I wish they would not drink as much at 10am. Smoking isn't advertised on TV anymore...I don't think alcohol should be either.

581 days ago
40.

Cooper    

Kathie Lee Gifford is a bully and if you don't believe me ask Frank Gifford - BTW, where is the little "wax figure"?

581 days ago
41.

Brian Hill    

WHO CARES!!!!!!!!! BIG MONEY MAKERS FAKING PROBLEMS MAKE ME ILL. TRY LIVING LIKE THE REST OF US, AND YOU WILL LEARN WHAT TENSION IS.

581 days ago
42.

Tbible    

Send KLG packing!!!!!!

581 days ago
43.

SoManyIdiots    

Frank has his fingers crossed she goes to CA and never comes back.

581 days ago
44.

Tuna212    

What the hell is a Hoda Kotb. Sounds like something you order at a Paki restuarant.

581 days ago
45.

jimi    

who cares about these two old hag's?

581 days ago
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