Kathie Lee Gifford has revealed she is quarantining in sunny Florida with her daughter Cassidy, Cassidy’s fiancé Ben Wierda, and his family.
The 66-year-old, who has been living in Nashville, Tennessee, joined her former Today co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on Friday morning’s show via satellite to give an update on her life in the Sunshine State amid the coronavirus pandemic.
‘I’m down here in Florida with no hairdryer,’ she said, fluffing her natural curls. ‘My children insisted on sending me here because I’m old,’ she added with a laugh. ‘Old people go to Florida.’
Soaking up the sun: Kathie Lee Gifford, 66, has revealed she is quarantining in sunny Florida amid the coronavirus pandemic
All together: The singer is staying with her daughter Cassidy, Cassidy’s fiancé Ben Wierda, and his family. It’s unclear where her son Cody is quarantined
Kathie Lee shared that she has been hunkering down with her 26-year-old daughter and her soon-to-be son-in-law, noting that Cassidy and Ben actually met in Florida when they were children.
Ben, a project manager at Clarion Technologies, is the nephew of United States Secretary of Education Betsy Devos.
‘I’ve had time with them,’ she said. ‘It’s a beautiful place to be. If you’ve got to be quarantined, it ain’t bad here. It’s quite beautiful.’
She former Today host added that she feels for those who are quarantined in ‘cramp quarters’ or still dealing with cold weather.
‘Like everybody else, I look forward to normalcy again,’ she said. ‘I’ve never been normal or had a normal life — but my own normal.’
Reunited: Kathie Lee joined her former Today co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on Friday morning’s show via satellite from Florida
They know best! Kathie Lee joked that her children Cassidy, 26, and Cody, 30, insisted she quarantine in the Sunshine State because ‘old people go to Florida’
Kathie Lee noted that at times like these she wishes she was still on the air, explaining she felt the same way after she left Live with Regis and Kathie Lee in 2000.
‘I’ve been frustrated in that I have not been able to be a part of the healing,’ she admitted. ‘I remember when I left the show with Regis and 9/11 happened.
‘It was the only time I was really longing to still be on the air because I wanted to be a part of the healing and give comfort to people.’
The singer and songwriter is helping in her own way, however. She announced that a musical special she co-wrote, The Way, will debut on K-Love Radio on Easter Sunday
‘This is a time where people need hope and healing and not just the same old same old,’ she explained. ‘My prayers is that they will bless people. They will give them hope and healing and comfort. That’s all we can hope for.’
Kathie Lee shared that she was actually on her way to Israel to film a video for the musical special when the borders were closed due to the global crisis.
Bonding: Kathie Lee noted that Florida is a ‘beautiful place’ to be quarantined, and she has gotten to spend some time with her daughter and soon-to-be son-in-law
Ready to go: Kathie Lee said she plans to return to her musical projects after her son Cody and his fiancée Erika Brown get married in September
‘Hopefully I will be able to go back in September after Cody gets married,’ she said of her 30-year-old son’s upcoming wedding to his fiancée Erika Brown. ‘Once I’ve married off my children I could go back to the work I love so much.’
Cody proposed to his girlfriend of six years over Mother’s Day weekend 2019, just six months before Cassidy’s engagement was announced.
In November, Kathie Lee called into the Today show to talk about her son and daughter’s engagements, saying she believes her late husband Frank Gifford had a hand in them.
‘I adore both of their partners,’ she said. ‘It’s a new season and I know Frank is smiling and even had a little something to do with.’
Kathie Lee was married to Frank from 1986 until his death in 2015, and in the years since, she has focused much of her attention on her children and her work.
Last year she left the Today show and her family home in Connecticut to pursue new projects and focus on her singing in Nashville.
‘It came to feel like a mortuary with me just there alone,’ she recalled of her Connecticut home on the Today show in January. ‘I said, “I need to make a new life for myself, or this one’s going to kill me.” ‘The loneliness was crippling. It was crippling.’