In a digital-exclusive interview Gifford opens up about her move to Nashville, her latest passion project, and more.
“I’m busier than I’ve ever been and happier than I’ve been in a long time,” says Gifford about her recent move to Nashville, Tennessee. In April 2019, after 11 years on the TODAY show, Kathie Lee Gifford left her beloved post. Now, seven months and a move down south later she is back in New York to talk about how her life has transformed for the better. She came on The Dr. Oz Show on Nov. 15, 2019 to discuss her latest projects and open up about her family (and even her desire to have grandchildren).
DoctorOz.com sat down with Gifford exclusively to discuss her decision to move, her current passion project, and her advice for others at a similar crossroads in their lives.
Our first question: Why Nashville? Gifford chose “Music City” for just that reason — to pursue her passions as a singer and actress. “The work that I’m doing now in Nashville you could never do anywhere else, which is the main reason why it’s so important to have a community of friends and to be surrounded by incredibly creative and talented people in the music and movie business. That’s what I’m doing,” says Gifford. Her most recent project is a new movie A Godwink Christmas premiering on the Hallmark channel Nov. 16, 2019 at 9 p.m. EST.
The inspiration for this movie came from Gifford’s belief in divine intervention. She believes nothing is ever a coincidence and those moments are in fact “godwinks” — when God is letting you know He’s around. Gifford is a very spiritual person and believes God influences her in all that she does in life: “[When it’s time for me to write] I say ‘Lord, show me what you want me to write. Give me your words to say and inspire me by your Holy Spirit to do it.’”
When she writes, old habits die hard for this TODAY show alum. She usually works on her creative projects around 1 a.m. or 2 a.m.. “I’m always writing, and usually it's very early in the morning when it’s quiet and there are no distractions. I always pray first.” Gifford seems to find God and prayer as a guidepost for all things in her life, noting that “when you’re doing what you love to do and what you were created by God to do, there’s a joy that comes with that.”
Even with prayer and belief that you’re doing what you’re meant to do, anything new can be scary — especially later in life. Gifford acknowledges that there are lots of unknowns but shares a message of encouragement to anyone who is looking to start over, a motto that she herself has lived by: “Anyone who’s afraid to start over or afraid to start something new should know that you’re going to regret it one day if you don’t do it. You’re going to say ‘Oh, if only I tried that.’ Because you will eventually run out of time. Even the longest road in the world comes to an end somewhere, someday, and that’s what is going to happen for all of us. Don’t live with regrets, it’s not healthy.”