Kathie Lee Gifford on Finding Love After Husband’s Death & Shutting Down a Man Who Didn’t Share Her Faith

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When Kathie Lee Gifford lost her husband of 29 years, Frank Gifford, in August of 2015, The TODAY Show host was devastated.

Though she’s thankful that her hope in the everlasting equipped her to “rejoice” rather than mourn the loss of Frank, she was admittedly soul-wrecked in her humanness.

Moving on with their two children without her best friend and companion of 30 years has been a challenging journey for Kathie Lee, but it hasn’t deterred her from seeing a hope for her future.

In an Access Live interview this week with Natalie Morales and Kit Hoover, Kathie Lee discussed her thoughts on finding love after Frank:

“Who doesn’t want to find love again? I think my probability is less, obviously. Some men are afraid of strong women. I wouldn’t be interested in a man like that anyway. And some men are afraid of living up to the mantle of Frank Gifford, and there’s no reason for that. Frank was just a flawed man like anybody else is.

She explained that while many held her late husband up on a celebrity pedestal, she fell in love with the flawed but beautiful man he was on the inside.

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“I didn’t know him as an eight-time Hall of Famer,” she said. “He was my husband and he was my friend for four years before we fell in love.”

While she’s not actively seeking, Kathie Lee expressed that she’s open to the plans God may have for her in the love department.

“So if that’s part of God’s will for me, I’m certainly open to it,” she shared. “I’m not out at singles bars. I’m not online.”

However, if that special someone does come her way, unsurprisingly, this strong Christian woman has some dealbreaker criteria that she refuses to compromise on.

In her book entitled The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi, Kathie Lee explains that if she would ever get involved in a committed relationship again, it would have to be with a man who shares her faith.

She detailed the events of the only date she went on in the last two years that exemplified exactly what she was trying to avoid:

“He didn’t share my faith and couldn’t understand why I didn’t want to be with him. I said, ‘My faith isn’t something I do on Sunday mornings for an hour. My faith is me, and I’m not going to share my life with somebody or even another hour of my life on a date with you if you don’t share the same passion for your faith as I do.'”

But the charming show host beaming with a beautiful soul far younger than her 64 years, says that bad date hasn’t discouraged her in the slightest.

“Oh, I’m not deterred,” she laughingly told Natalie and Kit. “I’m open to anybody that has their own teeth, honestly.”

Now that’s the spirit, Kathie Lee!

Best of luck to this inspiring woman with unwavering standards, and a killer sense of humor to match her heart of gold. Whatever man captures the love of this God-fearing woman better hold on tight!

Kelsey Straeter
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