Monday, Kathie Lee Gifford returned to TV for the first time since the death of husband.
- Kathie Lee Gifford’s husband Frank Gifford died on Aug. 9 at age 84.
- The TV host talks insight into her husband’s private life, his experiences growing up and even his last few moments.
“He passed away instantly that morning, all dressed in what he knew was my favorite outfit — white shirt, very tight black jeans — having his coffee, watching his TV, getting ready to go, ready for church, and excited about what we were gonna have for lunch,” she said about his late husband Frank Gifford. “I’m grateful the Lord took him that way. Because the only thing Frank was ever afraid of in his entire life was being a burden to those he loved.” Kathie Lee Gifford added.
According to Kathie Lee, when Frank passed away, it was a typical Sunday morning in their home, and when his time came, it came quickly. She’s grateful that it wasn’t drawn out: “He never wanted to be hooked up to machines, he never wanted to lose his dignity. He’d seen so much of that through the years, and that’s what I prayed, that the Lord would take him the way he wanted to go. And so I thank the Lord for that, for his grace to us as a family, and I pray his grace on all of you as well. Thank you.”
Kathryn “Kathie” Lee Gifford (born: August 16, 1953) is an American television host, singer, songwriter, comedian, and actress, best known for her 15-year run (1985–2000) on the talk show Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee, which she co-hosted with Regis Philbin. She has received 11 Daytime Emmy nominations and won her first Daytime Emmy in 2010 as part of the Today team.
Gifford’s first television role was that of Tom Kennedy’s singer/sidekick on the syndicated version of Name That Tune, from 1974 to 1978.
She also appeared in television advertisements for Carnival Cruise Lines beginning in 1984.
Kathie Lee Gifford has been emotional saying her kids are doing extraordinary. “They’ve been a blessing to me. You have been an amazing blessing, Hoda. My family here. All of you out there who watch, we’ve felt your prayers, we’re so grateful and Frank would want you to do this today: If you see a stone somewhere, pick it up and ask yourself that question. ‘What is my stone? What is that gift that only I can do in this world to make it a better place?’ And then spend the rest of your life trying to throw it well,” she said.
“He would want you to stop a policeman and thank them for their service. He would want you to stop every fireman you see and thank them. Go to your local firehouse. He did it all the time. He would stop passing guards. He would stop traffic to roll down the window and say, ‘Thank you for keeping the children safe!'” she added.IMAGE/twitter