Thursday, May 30, 2024

Kathie Lee Gifford Made Rare Appearance on ABC’s “Live,” the Show She Once Co-Hosted, Since Leaving 20 Years Ago


All eyes will be on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” Friday morning. Kathie Lee Gifford is the guest.

Gifford co-hosted “Live with Regis and Kathie” for 15 years until 2000, when she left to find new adventures. She has made three or four appearance over 20 years.

Indeed, Kathie Lee went on to have a big success at rival NBC with Hoda Kotb and the third hour of “Today.” She often welcomed Regis, who was not welcome at their old show and never heard from Kelly Ripa again after he left.

Kathie Lee is promoting a rom-com movie called “Then Came You,” which she wrote and is going on Video on Demand this weekend. She stars in the film with Craig Ferguson. On September 30th, “Then Came You” played in theaters for one night via Fathom Entertainment.

Why Kathie Lee isn’t appearing on the Today show, and how she wound up returning to the so called scene of the crime is a mystery. She didn’t stay friendly with producer Michael Gelman, but maybe after Regis’s death this summer there was a reach out.

So set your DVRs. Of course, Kathie Lee won’t be in the same room with Kelly and Ryan. She’ll Zoom in from Nashville, where she’s been living since leaving the Today show.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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