Kathie Lee Gifford is ready to find love for the holidays — but she’s no fan of the dating apps.
The TV personality, who moved to Nashville, Tenn., following the loss of her husband Frank in 2015, admitted she has found this year hard, just like everyone, with some “tough days.”
But talking to longtime pal Jill Martin on her “Holiday Steals and Deals” special on Peacock, Gifford said she is currently single, adding: “When people ask me, ‘Are you looking for love?’ my attitude has got to be, well, I’m not actively looking for it. I can’t go on Web sites, and you know, dating apps and all that kind of stuff.”
She said she met former NFL great Frank at “Good Morning America” one day at 4 a.m. “I looked over at somebody in the dressing room, the best set of buns I’ve ever seen in my life, just leaned over a sink, putting in contact lenses.” She said of their relationship: “I was supposed to be in that hallway that day; he was supposed to be in that room, putting in contact lenses. We were supposed to be. And I’d rather anything that happens in my life for the rest of my life to be organic and authentic that way, too.”
Gifford — who recently released her movie “Then Came You” with Craig Ferguson — said both of her grown-up kids, Cassidy and Cody, are moving to Nashville. She joked: “Can you believe it … I’ve not interfered in my children’s lives. They have interfered in mine, many times, but not me the other way around!”
Gifford and Martin have been friends ever since Martin interned on “Regis and Kathie Lee.”
Martin told Page Six: “When I was 19 years old, at the University of Michigan, Michael Gelman did the interviews for the internships. I remember being in a room with hundreds of people and begging him for the job, promising him I would work harder than anyone else. I was one of seven, I think, for that summer internship. I worked closely with Kathie Lee and Regis doing different tasks and basically, whatever they needed me to do.
“When Kathie Lee came to the ‘Today’ Show about a decade ago, we instantly became close. She is one of my closest friends now and we have gotten each other through a lot. I cherish our friendship.”
Speaking about this past year, Gifford said: “I lost both of my parents and my husband and dear friends and now Regis this past year, and if I concentrated, Jill, on all the loss … My eyes would be filled with so many tears, that I wouldn’t be able to even see the great blessing in front of me of a beautiful, cozy blanket, of a glass of wine, of slippers.
“You know, heat in my home. Just my family’s health. I mean that we’re always more blessed than we are burdened. I really do believe that.”
Martin’s special streams on TODAY All Day on Peacock at 9:00 a.m. ET on Nov. 23.
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