So long, farewell! Kathie Lee Gifford reportedly doesn’t plan on staying in Greenwich, Connecticut after she leaves the Today show in early April. The 65-year-old cohost, who recently had her NBC farewell party on Tuesday, March 26, told People recently that her job was the only reason why she decided to stay near the Big Apple.
“The work that I want to do isn’t here anymore,” she explained. “I am an artist, I’m an actress, I’m a writer, I’m a songwriter, a director now. That’s the stuff that feeds my soul and I know that I’m running out of time to do those things.”
According to Page Six, Kathie Lee is planning on moving to Nashville after she leaves Today because she already brought a home there. And Since Kathie Lee lost her husband of 29 years, Frank Gifford, from natural causes in 2015 and her mom, Joan Cuttell, in 2017 after she passed away in her sleep, Kathie Lee doesn’t really see a reason to stay in the Tri-state area.
“I experienced huge changes,” she said about everything that she’s gone through. “I’ve become a widow, an orphan and an empty-nester all at once. There’s nothing really keeping me in this part of the country anymore except for my job.”
Kathie Lee’s kids, Cody, 29, and Cassidy, 25, are currently living in Los Angeles and her cohost Hoda Kotb believes that Kathie Lee is ready to move on from Today. “Kathie Lee’s been through all the phases of her life in front of America and sharing it for the world, really. I don’t think we have seen that before: Someone who met their husband and had her children and then we witnessed the loss,” she said. “You realize, you have watched every phase of life and now she’s in this new act, where she is pursuing new dreams. Kathie Lee is proof to everybody that it’s not too late.” We wish you the best, Kathie Lee!