Kathie Lee Gifford he closed a chapter of his life when he decided to leave home in Greenwich, Connecticut for Nashville.
The old one "TodayThe 66-year-old co-host opened up about her decision to move to Franklin outside Nashville earlier this year after leaving the morning program – calling the move a vital part of her well-being.
Gifford lived in Greenwich for over a decade, where she raised her two children, Cody, 29, and Cassidy, 26, and stayed with her husband for nearly 30 years, NFL legend Frank Gifford, until her death in August. 2015. 84 years.
This NBC image of "Today" shows presenters Hoda Kotb, left, and Kathie Lee Gifford on set in New York, Friday, April 5, 2019, on Gifford's last day as co-host. (Nathan Congleton / NBC via AP)
However, the venerable Gifford said things changed after her children left home and she lost her husband. She said her house no longer looked like a safe haven for her and all that was left was an empty house.
"That huge, beautiful house full of memory was like a morgue for me," she said. "Here's the bad news: I'm a widow, an orphan and an empty nester. The good news is that I have the freedom of a widow, an orphan and an empty nester.
As she looks on the bright side, Gifford said she is excited to shift her focus to faith-based film and music production, adding that she "has all the time to spend my days writing."
"I'm having the life I could never dream of," he said.
While visiting his old "Today" shows the family of Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush HagerGifford admitted that he loves the laid-back nature of the south and its propensity to provide a hospitable environment.
"There's a different culture down there. It's a culture of kindness in Nashville," Gifford described. “They are authentically kind. They are cheerful, have a lot of fun. "
"I wake up and there are church bells ringing around me," he added. "It's just a different attitude."
Gifford packed her bags and moved south earlier this year after stepping out of her co-host role for "Today" after more than a decade.
Kathie Lee Gifford
"The job I want to do is not in (New York) anymore," she said People ahead of the "Today" program exit. "I'm an artist, actress, writer, songwriter and director now. This is the stuff that feeds my soul and I know I'm running out of time to do these things."