“Those two weeks were the most fun Kathie Lee had on the show in years!” a television source told RadarOnline.com exclusively. “She was able to run the show completely her way, which she also enjoyed — quite a bit!”
Gifford introduced a live audience to the show, which brought back memories of her time with Regis Philbin — and more viewers responded by tuning in!
Insiders also spilled that Gifford initially felt betrayed by Kotb for leaving her alone and basking in the white hot spotlight at the Winter Games — but when she saw how well she could do on her own, her attitude brightened big-time!
Added the source: “Now she’s telling pals that she’d be thrilled to have the opportunity all by herself!”
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