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The "Today" fourth-hour co-host has reportedly taken meetings with studios and pitched herself for new hosting possibilities, including a daytime talk show, Entertainment Weekly reports.
While it's entirely possible that this could indicate an exit from the morning show she's worked on since 2007, it could also be chalked up to nothing more than a negotiation tactic: Kotb's contract expires this fall.
A source close to Kotb denies hat she's looking to jump ship, telling EW, "Hoda loves her job at the 'Today' show and adores everyone she works with on the show. Her contract is coming up and she's just expanding relationships and having coffee with a few people."
Kotb and her co-host Kathie Lee Gifford have been the subject of recent media speculation, as well. It's been reported that there is "tension" between the two colleagues, as Gifford is allegedly pushing for the fourth hour to move to Los Angeles, allowing her to be closer to her children. The show recently shot on the west coast for two weeks, but there was no official indication of a permanent move.