Loneliness Drove Kathie Lee Gifford To Tennessee

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Kathie Lee Gifford

Kathie Lee Gifford

When legendary talk show host Kathie Lee Gifford decided to depart the third hour of The Today Show's hit Kathie Lee & Hoda, many wondered what drove her to pack her bags and moving to Tennessee. Gifford revealed loneliness was the reason for her move to the South. 

In an interview with the Tennessean, Gifford explained the difficulty of remaining in the Connecticut home she shared with her late husband, football star Frank Gifford, and their children, Cody and Cassidy. The children are now adults and moved out long ago, and for Gifford the home was a constant reminder of the past. According to Gifford,

That huge beautiful memory-filled home was like a morgue to me. 

So Gifford packed up from Connecticut and moved to Franklin, Tennessee. Gifford claimed,

I moved here because I was dying of loneliness. Here’s the bad news — I’m a widow, an orphan, and an empty nester. The good news is, I have the freedom of a widow, an orphan and an empty nester. I’ve got all the time to spend my days writing. I’m having the life I could’ve only ever dreamed of.

Now Gifford is living the life she loves. Gifford has written several songs, wrote, produced and co-starred in a romantic comedy Love Me to Death with former late night host Craig Ferguson, penned a new children's book and two Hallmark Channel movies, and teamed up with some of Nashville's top songwriters, such as Stephanie Bentley, Brett James, and Kelley Lovelace. She has also made oratorios, large religious narrative music productions.

Fans looking for Gifford to return to touring and releasing albums are in for bad news. That door is closed for her. Gifford stated,

I’ve done that for 40 years. No more concerts. I don’t have the breath control. I’ve really moved on.