Kathie Lee Gifford Pays a Visit to Hoda and Jenna on ‘Today’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Kathie Lee Gifford Pays a Visit to Hoda and Jenna on ‘Today’

Former Today Show co-host Kathie Lee Gifford celebrated her final day on the fourth hour with pal Hoda Kotb in April. On her final go to to the present in November, the tv persona up to date viewers and her former colleagues of her new house and initiatives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Stopping by to go to Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager, who stuffed her seat after her departure, Gifford shared on what motivated her to maneuver and a few essential occasions which might be happening this 12 months.

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Catching up with Kath in November

During her go to in November, Gifford gushed over her new hometown and the inviting environment of the South. “There’s a different culture down there. It’s a culture of kindness in Nashville,” she mentioned, based on People. “They are authentically kind. They are joyful, they have so much fun. I wake up and there are church bells ringing all around me. It’s just a different attitude.”

The co-hosts additionally requested Gifford about some pics that had circulated late in the summertime of her with a gentleman. Gifford revealed that whereas she did spend a while with business man Randall Cronk, no romance got here from their time collectively.

The former speak present was married to NFL Hall of Famer Frank Gifford for nearly 30 years earlier than he handed away in August 2015, and commented on returning to the relationship world after a long time of marriage. “I hadn’t been on a date in 33 years,” she shared. “It’s surreal because the world has changed so much. He was a gentleman so it was fine, it was fun, but then I got so busy and we’re just from different worlds.”

Why she moved to Nashville

In talking of the house shared along with her husband and two youngsters, Gifford recalled the enjoyment she skilled elevating a household in her earlier nation home and the way it modified when she was by herself.

“This home of mine in Connecticut where Frank and I raised our beautiful children and we had so many happy years, when I was living there alone, dogs can only do so much for you, and I love my dogs.” Gifford defined, based on Today.com.

The former Today Show star revealed the drastic change she went via after her husband died and youngsters grew up and moved out. “It went from being the most teeming, thrilling, joyful, all the dog sounds, the kid sounds, the smoke in the grill and, you know, it just was life,” she remembered. “Then it came to feel like a mortuary with me just there alone. And I said I need to make a new life for myself or this one’s gonna kill me. The loneliness was crippling. It was crippling.”

Though she discovered consolation and firm in her profession alongside Kotb, having to return to an empty home at night time grew to become an excessive amount of to bear. “I lived to come in to be with you in the morning,” Gifford advised Kotb. “Then I’d go home to it again at night. And I said, ‘Where is there life in abundance?’ And I said, ‘Nashville.’”

Gifford knew she needed to make a serious change. “I didn’t have a reason to have to stay in this big house anymore,” she mentioned of her Connecticut house. “I found myself dealing with crippling loneliness. I had to make a move to someplace physically, and I had to make emotional moves and spiritual moves. You gotta make new memories or the old ones are going to kill you.”

Wedding season

Now with setting down roots in Nashville and a plethora of initiatives she’s engaged on, Gifford additionally has a number of weddings to plan and attend. Her son Cody popped the query to girlfriend Erika Brown in May (she mentioned sure!), and her daughter Cassidy acquired engaged to boyfriend Ben Wierda in November. Add on Kotb’s upcoming nuptials, and Gifford has a packed schedule.

“I got three big weddings this year and I’m just excited,” she mentioned, including, “It’s life, it’s like the thing I was talking about before. You can’t concentrate on what you’ve lost. You will lose whatever life you have left if you do that. It’ll eat you alive.”

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