Kathie Lee Gifford: Meet Regis Philbin Co-Host

Kathie Lee Gifford, born in Paris to American parents, made herself known due to her multifaceted career. From television presenter to singer, and sometimes even actress, she has become one of the most well-known talk-show hosts for the American public. But how has her life changed so far, and what are her next steps? Keep reading to find out the ins-and-outs of Gifford’s surprising life.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Barry King | TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford attends the Premiere Of New Line Cinema's 'The Gallows' at Hollywood High School on July 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Barry King | TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford attends the Premiere Of New Line Cinema's 'The Gallows' at Hollywood High School on July 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.


FROM PARIS TO THE WORLD

Born in the 1950s, Gifford was one of two children from a couple of artists, her mother a singer, and her father a musician. Kathie’s father was US Navy Chief Petty Officer and due to that the family was stationed in France, but soon after relocated back to the US, and she had the opportunity to grow up in Maryland.

Image Credits: Getty Images / David Buchan | Kathie Lee Gifford and Cassidy Gifford attend New Line Cinema's Premiere Of "The Gallows" at Hollywood High School on July 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / David Buchan | Kathie Lee Gifford and Cassidy Gifford attend New Line Cinema's Premiere Of "The Gallows" at Hollywood High School on July 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Coming from a Jewish background, Kathie turned into a born-again Christian after watching the film The Restless Ones at age 12. However, in an interview with Larry King, she confessed that she "was raised with many Jewish traditions and raised to be very grateful for my Jewish heritage." Her brother David is an evangelical Baptist preacher in New York.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Peter Kramer / NBC / NBC NewsWire | Kathie Lee Gifford and Regis Philbin appear on NBC News' "Today" show.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Peter Kramer / NBC / NBC NewsWire | Kathie Lee Gifford and Regis Philbin appear on NBC News' "Today" show.


THE GREAT DEBUT OF A STAR

Gifford, who studied drama and music at Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma, always had a close relationship with the arts, mostly due to her family. Growing up amongst a singer and a musician, it came naturally to her to pursue a career in this field.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Stephen Lovekin | Kathie Lee Gifford and her husband, former Monday Night Football announcer Frank Gifford, attend the opening night of "Cyrano De Bergerac" at the Richard Rodgers Theatre November 1, 2007 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Stephen Lovekin | Kathie Lee Gifford and her husband, former Monday Night Football announcer Frank Gifford, attend the opening night of "Cyrano De Bergerac" at the Richard Rodgers Theatre November 1, 2007 in New York City.

In 1985, Kathie had her big break in the TV world, replacing Ann Abernathy as co-host of The Morning Show on WABC-TV with Regis Philbin. Three years later, the show went national and so Gifford became the well-known figure she is today.Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee became one of the morning audiences’ favorite TV shows.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Rommel Demano | Kathie Lee Gifford attends Broadcasting and Cable Hall Of Fame Awards 25th Anniversary Gala at The Waldorf Astoria on October 20, 2015 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Rommel Demano | Kathie Lee Gifford attends Broadcasting and Cable Hall Of Fame Awards 25th Anniversary Gala at The Waldorf Astoria on October 20, 2015 in New York City.


SUPREME TALK-SHOW HOST

Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee, the two stars of the well-known show Live!,  were jointly nominated eight consecutive years in a row (1993 to 2000) for Outstanding Talk Show Host during the Daytime Emmy Awards. After news broke that Regis passed, Gifford commented "REGIS. There will never be another,".

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gary Gershoff |  Honoree Kathie Lee Gifford (L) and husband Frank Gifford attend the City of Hope-East End Chapter 2010 Spirit of Life Award luncheon at Waldorf Astoria - Grand Ballroom on April 26, 2010 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gary Gershoff | Honoree Kathie Lee Gifford (L) and husband Frank Gifford attend the City of Hope-East End Chapter 2010 Spirit of Life Award luncheon at Waldorf Astoria - Grand Ballroom on April 26, 2010 in New York City.

Kathie went on to add that "There are no words to fully express the love I have for my precious friend, Regis. I simply adored him and every day with him was a gift. We spent 15 years together bantering and bickering and laughing ourselves silly—a tradition and a friendship we shared up to this very day.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Dimitrios Kambouris | Kathy Lee Gifford and Frank Gifford attend the New York Giants Super Bowl Pep Rally Luncheon at Michael's on February 1, 2012 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Dimitrios Kambouris | Kathy Lee Gifford and Frank Gifford attend the New York Giants Super Bowl Pep Rally Luncheon at Michael's on February 1, 2012 in New York City.


REGIS AND KATHIE, A TRUTHFUL RELATIONSHIP

Kathie always seemed to be very open about her relationship with Regis, and such feeling solidified when she confirmed that “I smile knowing somewhere in Heaven, at this very moment, he’s making someone laugh. It brings me great comfort knowing that he had a personal relationship with his Lord that brought him great peace.”  

Image Credits: Getty Images / Rob Kim | Kathie Lee Gifford attends AOL Build Series to discuss "GIFFT Wines" at AOL Studios In New York on April 20, 2016 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Rob Kim | Kathie Lee Gifford attends AOL Build Series to discuss "GIFFT Wines" at AOL Studios In New York on April 20, 2016 in New York City.

She continued by sharing her sorrows with the family “I send all the love in my heart to Joy, to his children, to the rest of his family and to the innumerable people he touched over his legendary life. There has never been anyone like him. And there never will be."

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jason Kempin | Kathie Lee Gifford attends the 41st Annual Gracie Awards Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 24, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jason Kempin | Kathie Lee Gifford attends the 41st Annual Gracie Awards Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 24, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.


A FRIEND IN TIMES OF NEED

Gifford’s love life was not always sunshine and rainbows, and she commented several times on how her co-host of Live! helped and supported her during her times of crisis. The biggest situation she faced was the unfortunate disagreement with her relationship with her husband in 1997, but she could always count on Regis.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Peter Kramer / NBC / NBC Newswire / NBCUniversal | Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford appear on NBC News' "Today" show.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Peter Kramer / NBC / NBC Newswire / NBCUniversal | Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford appear on NBC News' "Today" show.

Her relationship with her husband Frank Gifford was troubled. The marriage hit a rough patch in 1997, and Kathie had some difficulty getting over the scandal. Nevertheless, Regis was always on her side, supporting her through it all. Kathie commented to People that “getting through the scandal was one of the hardest things she’s ever had to do”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Rodin Eckenroth | Cassidy Gifford, Cody Gifford, and Kathie Lee Gifford attend the 2018 Hallmark Channel Summer TCA at a private residence on July 26, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Rodin Eckenroth | Cassidy Gifford, Cody Gifford, and Kathie Lee Gifford attend the 2018 Hallmark Channel Summer TCA at a private residence on July 26, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.


RECOVERY WAS ONLY ONE STEP AWAY

Having handled the crisis and scandal with her late husband, who passed in 2015, Kathie came back with a strength never seen before. Her relationship with her children became stronger, and time after time she seemed to be a healthier person.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Newsday LLC / Newsday RM | Philbin and Gifford starred together on "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" on ABC from 1985 until her departure in 2000.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Newsday LLC / Newsday RM | Philbin and Gifford starred together on "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" on ABC from 1985 until her departure in 2000.

A family reunion between her and her descendants made news in 2019, mostly due to how happy Kathie seemed to be. She was visited at her home by her kids and their future spouses, and her amazing portrayal of happiness couldn’t be clearer. Gifford commented that “So fun finally having my kids and their loves home for a Nashville visit.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gregg DeGuire | Kathie Lee Gifford poses with the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host in the press room during the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Civic Center on May 05, 2019 in Pasadena, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gregg DeGuire | Kathie Lee Gifford poses with the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host in the press room during the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Civic Center on May 05, 2019 in Pasadena, California.


THE UPS AND DOWNS OF THE STAR COUPLE

Kathie Lee Gifford was one of the lucky ones. Having been married to her late husband, the Football commentator Frank Gifford for over three decades, they seemed to have it all. Frank was 20 years older than Kathie, but that didn’t seem to have an impact on their love life.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Evan Agostini | Frank Gifford and Kathie Lee Gifford attend the Westport Country Playhouse benefit dinner at The Hyatt Regency on October 14, 2004 in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Evan Agostini | Frank Gifford and Kathie Lee Gifford attend the Westport Country Playhouse benefit dinner at The Hyatt Regency on October 14, 2004 in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Even though the couple went through some hard times, they seemed to be a happy family, with two children: Cody Gifford, born in 1990, who is a producer, actor and writer, and their daughter, Cassidy, who is an actress born in 1993. The family managed to survive the scandals it was involved with, and in fact, even thrived.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Tyler Essary / NBC | Kathie Lee Gifford's "Today" tenure is coming to a close.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Tyler Essary / NBC | Kathie Lee Gifford's "Today" tenure is coming to a close.


THE FAMILY IS GROWING UP

Cassidy Gifford, who is Kathie’s youngest daughter, has recently come clean about her wedding arrangements, and her mother couldn’t be happier. “So thrilled to announce that my beautiful daughter, @cassidygiff is engaged to a wonderful man, Ben @letsgetwierda,” she wrote on her social media.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ben Hider | Frank Gifford, Kathie Lee Gifford, Cassidy Gifford and Cody Gifford attends the "Scandalous" Broadway Opening Night at Neil Simon Theatre on November 15, 2012 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ben Hider | Frank Gifford, Kathie Lee Gifford, Cassidy Gifford and Cody Gifford attends the "Scandalous" Broadway Opening Night at Neil Simon Theatre on November 15, 2012 in New York City.

Kathie went on to add that she is “(...) beyond the moon and stars. Thank you, LORD!”. Cassidy took the opportunity to show off her engagement ring in a series of social media posts. The happy couple made their point to share their happiness with their friends and there was no doubt on how happy they were.

Image Credits: Getty Images / David Livingston | Kathie Lee Gifford attends the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries 2017 Summer TCA Tour on July 27, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / David Livingston | Kathie Lee Gifford attends the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries 2017 Summer TCA Tour on July 27, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.


THE BROTHER WAS NOT LEFT BEHIND

Kathie’s oldest son, Cody, had also announced his engagement earlier in the year. He has shared his love with his girlfriend, Erika Brown, for several years, and he finally gathered up the courage to pop the big question. This occasion came close to Mother’s Day, and Kathie couldn’t be happier.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Loccisano | Television host Kathie Lee Gifford attends the 2017 CMT Music Awards at the Music City Center on June 7, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Loccisano | Television host Kathie Lee Gifford attends the 2017 CMT Music Awards at the Music City Center on June 7, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Kathie mentioned that “My son is engaged and I couldn’t be happier for him and [Erika],”, at the same time she shared a picture of her son and his soon-to-be-bride. Erika didn’t seem to expect the proposal, and shared on her social media that  “What started as a fairly normal weekend has turned into the BEST EVER, couldn’t be happier!”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Noam Galai | Kathie Lee Gifford attends Changemaker cocktail reception at the 2016 Greenwich International Film Festival day 2 on June 10, 2016 at Betteridge in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Noam Galai | Kathie Lee Gifford attends Changemaker cocktail reception at the 2016 Greenwich International Film Festival day 2 on June 10, 2016 at Betteridge in Greenwich, Connecticut.


FRIENDSHIP AND FAMILY, THE TWO BEST THINGS IN THE WORLD

Kathie’s children are all grown up, both are engaged to be married, and Kathie’s life could be without a purpose. But that didn’t happen, as her friendships still make her strong and willing to have a fulfilling life. One of those relationships is the one she has with Regis Philbin.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Rachel Murray | Tv personality Kathie Lee Gifford attends the 41st Annual Gracie Awards at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 24, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Rachel Murray | Tv personality Kathie Lee Gifford attends the 41st Annual Gracie Awards at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 24, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

Kathie’s relationship with Regis was more than a co-host situation. Even though they were partners in the show for over 15 years, their friendship remained strong even after their professional careers parted ways. They have remained extremely close friends for over three decades, and such friendship was only stopped due to natural causes.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Taylor Hill | Kathie Lee Gifford visits the SiriusXM Studios on March 14, 2018 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Taylor Hill | Kathie Lee Gifford visits the SiriusXM Studios on March 14, 2018 in New York City.


UNTIL DEATH DO US PART

The amazing relationship that Kathie shared with Philbin is not something you see every day. They began working together back in 1985 for The Morning Show, and their incredible chemistry together is probably one of the reasons why this show was a massive hit.

Image Credits: Shutterstock / Dylan Armajani | Kathie Lee Gifford attends the 2009 Angel Ball on October 20, 2009 in New York City.

Image Credits: Shutterstock / Dylan Armajani | Kathie Lee Gifford attends the 2009 Angel Ball on October 20, 2009 in New York City.

One of the audience's favorite parts of the show was the initial 15 minutes, where both of the stars would have a pleasant banter about the news while making sure that they were having fun, and guaranteeing that the audience was having a pleasant time as well. This show, which late became Live!, was one of the reasons why these friends became so close.

Image Credits: Getty Images / John Lamparski | Kathie Lee Gifford visits "Fox & Friends" at Fox News Channel Studios on November 14, 2019 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / John Lamparski | Kathie Lee Gifford visits "Fox & Friends" at Fox News Channel Studios on November 14, 2019 in New York City.


LIFE AFTER LIVE!

Gifford has since moved on to different shows, and in April 2019 she said goodbye to her appearance in Today. The celebrity has since relocated to Nashville, and away from New York City where she has been living in for the past years.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Mike Pont | Kathie Lee Gifford attends the AOL Build Speaker Series at AOL Studios In New York on April 20, 2016 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Mike Pont | Kathie Lee Gifford attends the AOL Build Speaker Series at AOL Studios In New York on April 20, 2016 in New York City.

Kathie mentioned that she is keeping herself busy, being in talks and negotiations about movies, music, books, and even getting back into the dating scene. At 66 years old, Kathie seems optimistic about the possibility of finding a new love, however, she also confirms that for the time being love seems to remain elusive.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Andrew Lipovsky / NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal | Television host Kathie Lee Gifford arrives to the show on April 2, 2019.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Andrew Lipovsky / NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal | Television host Kathie Lee Gifford arrives to the show on April 2, 2019.


EVERYTHING IS FINE!

Kathie has since come forward about how she is dealing with life. She commented a few months ago at The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon that “I’m in a state that I never dreamed I would be — I’m a widow, I’m an orphan, and I am an empty nester.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Byron Cohen | Kathie Lee Gifford competes against Ricki Lake in Celebrity Family Feud.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Byron Cohen | Kathie Lee Gifford competes against Ricki Lake in Celebrity Family Feud.

She went on to add that “For the first time in my life, I have the time and the means to go and do anything I want to do.”. She has proudly been working behind for The God Who Sees. “I just directed my first short film in Israel two weeks ago. I’m just having the time of my life.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Erika Goldring | Kathie Lee Gifford speaks onstage during day 2 of the 2019 Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival on September 22, 2019 in Franklin, Tennessee.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Erika Goldring | Kathie Lee Gifford speaks onstage during day 2 of the 2019 Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival on September 22, 2019 in Franklin, Tennessee.

Kathie Lee Gifford has been a national icon, with a multifaceted career, and thriving in different fields. She has now come to the moment in her life where she can decide for herself what is the next step to take, and how she wishes to live the rest of her life. Keep reading to find out more about celebrity life!

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