Kathie Lee Gifford is finding strength in the Lord.
Following the Aug. 9 death of her husband, Frank Gifford, Kathie Lee returned to NBC's Today Monday after a weeklong absence, joining Hoda Kotb to co-host the show's fourth hour. After thanking Hoda and acknowledging the birth of Jenna Bush Hager's daughter, Poppy Hager, Kathie Lee opened up about losing Frank.
"The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away. That's something that my family and I went through last week. I wanna thank everybody for your love and your texts and your tweets," the 62-year-old widow began. "The outpouring has been extraordinary. It's a heck of a way to find out how loved you are. Believe me, my family and I got strength and comfort for it." Kathie Lee said Frank "would have loved" all the tributes to him, and he "laughed up until the very end."
"I just want everyone to know this was a man at complete peace in his life. He might've been the happiest, most content man at this point in his life," Kathie Lee said of her late husband. "Honestly, he's the most grateful human being I've ever, ever known," she added. "And that colored everything he did."
She then spoke for a few minutes about Frank's faith.
Kathie Lee said he "trusted in a living God—not a religion, but a living God."