Kathie Lee Gifford Returns to ‘Today,’ Pays Tribute to Late Husband

Kathie Lee Gifford returned to the “Today” show on Monday for the first time since her husband, sportscaster Frank Gifford, died on August 9.

Gifford paid an emotional tribute to her late husband, and expressed gratitude for the support and condolences she received.

“This was a man at complete peace in his life,” Gifford said. “He might’ve been the happiest, most contented person in the world at this point in his life.”

She said his poverty-stricken beginnings made him appreciative of his fortunes in life. Gifford said the family was so poor that they ate dog food for meals and lived in 29 different towns before Frank started high school.

“He was so grateful,” Gifford said. “He knew what hard work was. He never had an entitled moment in his life. And we will miss him so much.”

Gifford, an NFL Hall of Famer who played for the New York Giants, died of natural causes at his home in Connecticut. He was 84.

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