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"I've known it was coming for a long, long time," she said. "You want to get your story out before somebody else tries to tell your story in an inaccurate way. I've always tried to be an authentic person. I've been honest all along. So, when you're misrepresented, it bothers you because you say, 'I want everybody to know my truth.'"
Although, she said Kotb has known about the decision for a "long, long time." In fact, Gifford said she had actually planned to exit after her 10-year anniversary but stayed on for another year after the show experienced a bit of "turmoil."
Still, Gifford seemed excited about what lies ahead, which she hinted include music and movies.
"I need the time to do them properly," she explained.
"I keep saying the studio can't contain you anymore!" Guthrie teased.