EXCLUSIVE: Kathie Lee Gifford on Billy Bush's 'Today' Show Departure: 'They'll be Hard Shoes to Fill'

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Kathie Lee Gifford has only kind words for Billy Bush.

ET asked the Today show co-host about her former coworker, who was let go by NBC after leaked 2005 audio revealed a denigrating conversation about women between the then-Access Hollywood host and presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

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"I loved Billy. And we all did so we wish him all the best," the 63-year-old TV personality shared at Carnival Cruise Line's event celebrating the Vista ship's first voyage in the US. "It'll be hard shoes to fill, I think. He's such a pro."

"The people that do it best are the ones that make it look easy," Gifford added.

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As for the possibility for Bush's replacement being Gifford's former Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee co-host, Regis Philbin, Gifford said she was unsure, but on board.

"Nobody consults me about such things, but he'd be my first vote!" she revealed. "I'm not going to let him be on nine o'clock without me."

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Today has yet to name a permanent replacement for Bush after his exit on Oct. 17.

Watch the video below to see how more of the show's hosts reacted to Bush's departure.

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