Kathie Lee Gifford Couldn't Hold Back Tears While Watching Her Kids' Tribute On Her 'Today' Last Day

December 25, 2019

After Kathie Lee Gifford announced in December 2018 that she would retire from Today in 2019, after 11 years on the show, weeks flew by in the blink of an eye!

During Kathie’s last appearance as Hoda Kotb’s co-anchor on April 5, 2019 was full of bittersweet moments.

One particular moment that overwhelmed the Today veteran with emotion is especially memorable. It was a touching tribute from her children, Cody and Cassidy.

The Gifford kids’ heartfelt tribute to mom

Cody and Cassidy talked about their beloved mom in a video shown in the Today studio. Cody started out by saying:

To you, our mom is a TV legend. To us, she’s a legendary mom.

He recalled what it was like being raised by Kathie and called her “kind, generous, giving, and wonderfully talented.”

Cassidy added that their mom is “one of the kindest people on the planet.”

The two then recalled their late dad, Frank Gifford, and how they would sit at home and watch mom on Today. Frank never failed to remind Kathie how proud he was of her, the kids remembered.

They went on to give special thanks to Hoda, who isn’t just Kathie’s co-anchor – she’s a dear family friend.

After the video finished, Kathie was so touched she couldn’t hold back tears! She came up to her son and daughter and gave them a big hug.

Kathie’s touching goodbye present to Hoda

Kathie gave her co-anchor the best present she could wish for!

Kathie surprised Hoda with a portrait of her and her daughter, Haley Joy. Hoda was so touched by her friend's sweet gift that she cried!

This gift just perfectly describes what kind of person Kathie is. She is a gifted and talented television personality, as well as woman with a great heart!