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Kathie Lee Gifford Says Regis Philbin Was Suffering From Depression Before His Death

Kathie Lee Gifford is opening up a bit more about her lifelong friendship with Regis Philbin and about his final days.

Speaking on The Talk, the 66-year-old host and actress shared that it appeared to her that Regis was suffering from a form of “depression” because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“He had been depressed in the weeks and months earlier, because of [COVID-19],” she said. “Regis couldn’t perform anywhere, nobody was out and about. He couldn’t be Regis for people, and it broke his heart.”

She added that his wife Joy had told her that “one of his dearest friends had just recently died of COVID, so he was pretty much in a depression…Regis just lived to make people happy. He certainly made me happy for the 35 years that we were great friends.”

“Later after he passed, two weeks later, Joy told me that that was the last time she heard him laugh, was when he was at my house,” Kathie said. “So, that was a sweet gift from God to me that he blessed that friendship even at the very end. There was nobody like him ever, and there will never be another like him, ever.”

Just days after his passing, Kathie opened up about one of the final times she saw Regis. Here’s what she said…

Kendall & Kylie Jenner Have a Famous Godmother, Kathie Lee Gifford, & She's Giving Them Advice!

Did you know that Kathie Lee Gifford is godmother to Kendall and Kylie Jenner?!

We found out this information during Kathie Lee‘s appearance on Watch What Happens Live this week, when she was asked if she had any advice for them.

“By the time I moved away from California they were still very, very little, so I’ve obviously not had a whole lot of influence on their lives,” Kathie Lee said. “But I adore them. I adore all of them. They’re part of my life. I’ve know [their mom] Kris [Jenner] since I was in my early 20s, when I first started my career in California.”

“I would tell them, first of all, stay close to God. And they sometimes do!” she said. “I would tell them to be true to themselves. That’s about it. That’s what I tell everybody.”

“They’re not superstars or billionaires when they come into this world. They were just my dear friend’s children,” she continued. “That’s what all we celebrities are anyway at the end of the day really, we’re just people.”

She added, “We have a celebrity crazed culture and we put people on pedestals that we’re not made for. People aren’t supposed to sit where only God should sit. We make huge mistakes [when] we make our idols out of human beings, ’cause they’re going to topple and fall. Unfortunately in our culture people love to see the fall. I hate it. I hate to see people ruined or destroyed.”

Kathie Lee just recently revealed if she’s dating after the death of her husband Frank Gifford.

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Kathie Lee Gifford Admits Her Dating Life 'Hasn't Been Successful' Yet

Kathie Lee Gifford is opening up about her dating life in a new interview with ExtraTV.

The 67-year-old daytime talk show host and actress joked about the kind of guy she’s looking for, and reflected on losing her husband, Frank Gifford, while talking about her new movie, Then Came You.

“Oh, I got some gams. That’s about all I’ve got left,” Kathie joked about her legs. “I still have my teeth, but I’m just looking for a guy that’s got real teeth. That’s it.”

Kathie added, “I have dated a little bit. It’s not been successful.”

She did open up about how her character, Annabelle, related to her own life.

“I had been a widow for about two years when Frank passed and Annabelle, my character, is only been a widow for one year,” she shared. “I saw Frank’s passing coming, but Annabelle didn’t…The only way that I’m similar to her at all in this movie — it’s not autobiographical at all — is that she’s a widow, I’m a widow, that’s it.”

Then Came You will hit theaters for one night on September 30 and then, will be available to watch On Demand on October 2.

Just recently, Kathie‘s son, Cody, got married. See the exciting news here…

Kathie Lee Gifford's Son Cody Marries His Longtime Love!

Happy news for Kathie Lee Gifford and her family!

The iconic television host’s son Cody Gifford, 30, got married to his longtime love Erika Brown over the weekend.

Kathie Lee announced the news on her Instagram account on Monday (September 7) by sharing a photo of Cody and his bride holding hands on their wedding day.

“God gave us a glorious day to celebrate this glorious couple. So grateful. 🙏🏻” she captioned the photo.

People reports that “just parents and siblings were in attendance” at the wedding, which took place amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Erika posted a wedding photo on her page as well. Kathie Lee commented on the pic and said, “Cody married!! Cassidy married! I am the happiest mama in the world!”

If you didn’t know, her daughter Cassidy Gifford got married back in June.

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Kathie Lee Gifford Remembers The Last Time She Saw Regis Philbin Before His Death

Kathie Lee Gifford is recalling the final moments she spent with long time friend and co-worker Regis Philbin before his passing over the weekend.

Speaking on The Today Show, the 66-year-old newscaster remembered how Regis and his wife, Joy, came to visit her at her Connecticut home.

“They came over about two weeks ago,” she says. “I saw Reg get out of the car with Joy and I sensed much more fragility than I had seen in him since the last time in January out in Los Angeles.”

The three then spent the day just sitting on the porch and laughing “ourselves sick”.

“We became dear friends through the years since then. Always, always getting together every chance we could and just picking up right where we left off,” Kathie shared. “We just had the best time. After they left I thought to myself, ‘Lord is that the last time I am going to see my friend?’ Because he was failing. I could tell.”

Kathie added about her relationship with Regis, with whom she co-hosted Live! for over fifteen years with.

“… I was just grateful to have the time with them and comfort them a little bit, and let them know that I believe with all my heart I know where Regis is and I know who he is with,” she continued. “I had many conversations with him over the years about faith, and about where we go when this life is over. He was very curious as always, listened.”

Watch her appearance below.

See how other celebrities reacted to the new of Regis‘ death here…

Kathe Lee Gifford is Remembering 'Precious Friend' Regis Philbin After His Death

Kathie Lee Gifford is paying tribute to her late friend Regis Philbin.

The 66-year-old talk show host took to her Instagram on Saturday (July 25) to remember Regis after it was announced he passed away the day before at the age of 88.

“There are no words to fully express the love I have for my precious friend, Regis,” Kathie Lee wrote. “I simply adored him and every day with him was a gift. We spent 15 years together bantering and bickering and laughing ourselves silly—a tradition and a friendship we shared up to this very day. I smile knowing somewhere in Heaven, at this very moment, he’s making someone laugh.”

Kathie Lee continued: “It brings me great comfort knowing that he had a personal relationship with his Lord that brought him great peace. I send all the love in my heart to Joy, to his children, to the rest of his family and to the innumerable people he touched over his legendary life. There has never been anyone like him. And there never will be.”

Regis and Kathie Lee first premiered their morning talk show Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee back in 1988. Kathie Lee left the show in 2001 and was replaced with Kelly Ripa. In 2011, Regis left the show and was replaced by Michael Strahan for nearly four years. Ryan Seacrest then joined the show in 2017.

Kathie Lee went on to join NBC’s morning show Today. She retired in April 2019, and Regis appeared on her last day to help send her off.

Read what more celebs have been saying in their tributes for Regis.

Kathie Lee Gifford's Daughter Cassidy Just Got Married!

Cassidy Gifford has tied the knot with fiance Ben Wierda!

The 26-year-old actress, who is the daughter of Kathie Lee Gifford and the late football player Frank Gifford, got married recently in Nashville, Tenn., according to Us Weekly.

Kathie Lee, 66, took to her Instagram account on June 6 and shared a photo of herself riding a tractor looking full of joy. She captioned the pic, “When the mother of the bride can’t contain her joy!!!”

Back in November, Kathie Lee announced Cassidy and Ben‘s engagement on her Instagram.

She wrote at the time, “So thrilled to announce that my beautiful daughter, @cassidygiff is engaged to a wonderful man, Ben @letsgetwierda I am beyond the moon and stars. Thank you, LORD!”

Congratulations to the happy couple on the exciting news!