Tuesday was a momentous day for Kathie Lee Gifford as she was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame alongside her late husband, Frank Gifford.
The ceremony, which was held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, was emceed by her current TODAY co-host, Hoda Kotb, and her former Live! co-host, Regis Philbin.
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Gifford was emotional as she delivered her acceptance speech. Struggling to remain composed, she said, “I have to thank my incredible husband, who taught me so much, who was the most generous person I’ve ever met.” Frank Gifford had passed away merely two months before they were declared Hall of Fame inductees.
She especially thanked him for giving her “the two greatest gifts that any human being could ever have” referring to their two children, Cody and Cassidy, who received the honor on behalf of their late father.
Cody and Cassidy also gave a touching tribute to their parents when they received their father’s award on his behalf.
“If anything, Cass and I are testaments not to dad’s broadcasting adroitness, but rather to his exceptional virility,” said 25-year-old Cody, which drew some laughter from the audience.
He then went on to address their mother fondly.
“Above all, he’d want me to tell you how proud he is of you, Mom,” added Cody. “He told me to tell you congratulations, and well deserved, and that he loves you even now, and more than ever,” he added.
Kathie Lee Gifford and husband Frank had been married for 29 years, and both are considered icons in their respective fields in broadcasting. Kathie Lee is best known as one half of the long-running syndicated morning talk show, Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee, while Frank was a professional football player who transitioned to becoming the Emmy Award-winning host of Monday Night Football on ABC for 27 years.