Meanwhile, Jenna Bush Hager, Gifford's replacement alongside Kotb, said that Gifford has taught her about "the power of humor, and steadfast faith." Hager shared the kind words alongside a photo of herself and her two daughters, Margaret, 5, and Poppy, 3, with Gifford, revealing that her girls "adore" their mom's now-former co-worker.
I adore @KathieLGifford! My kids adore her. She has taught me about the power of humor, and steadfast faith. I’ll miss her laugh—and her making me laugh...again...and again and again. Love you, KLG. pic.twitter.com/FLTazAEXP6
While saying goodbye is never easy, on her penultimate episode of Today on Thursday, Gifford said she was "at peace" with her decision and has enjoyed receiving so much praise.
"Usually you have to die before people say such nice things about you," she quipped.
When ET's Nischelle Turner caught up with Gifford and Kotb last month, they were emotional about Gifford's departure.
"She's the best friend you can have," Gifford tearfully said of Kotb. "I consider Hoda one of my dearest forever."
"The day that I met Kathie, that was big line of demarcation. I feel like everything changed and got better and got happier," Kotb agreed. "I felt more fulfilled and I felt like I took risks that I never thought I could take."