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Here's why Kathie Lee left Regis

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 16th 2007 3:00PM

Kathie Lee and ReegeYesterday we told you about Kathie Lee Gifford making her first appearance on Live with Regis & Kelly next month, and now she is revealing for the first time why she left the show in the first place.

She left in 2000 because her dad was dying. Gifford says she had an "epiphany" while guest-hosting David Letterman's show when he had heart surgery. She realized that she wanted to be with her dad and be with family without having cameras in her face and having to talk about it on the show all the time.

A lot of people think that she left because of a rift between either her and Regis or her and producer Michael Gelman, but she says that wasn't the reason. Her dad died of Alzheimer's in 2002.

One odd quote from her: when asked if she's ever regretted leaving the show, she says she felt it only once, after 9/11, because "it was really the first time in 30 years that I did not have a platform to be part of the healing process." Whatever that means.

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Harvey Swinford

My wife and I got Kathy Lee Gifford and Kathy Lee Griffin mixed up. We were feeling bad for a while because the Kathy Lee Gifford that we knew and Loved would never do the weird things that Kathy Lee Griffin did at the awards and we knew that. She did look differant, but we havn't seen her but once or twice since she left Regis. Gods best to her and her Family which we know she loved very much.

September 21 2007 at 7:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think that kathie lee got a bad break. Before she was leaving alot of life altering events were happening to her. Even near the end i heard that she wanted to change her mind, and come back. The stress of a cheating spouse and an ill parent would make anyone confused and on top of that she is in the public eye, remember that magazine actually set frank up just to get her. I think katie lee got really screwed by gelman not letting her ever back on even when she wanted to promote her cd. Would he be anyone -without her contribution? Take note how ripa gives him serious looks when regis cuts him down, his power sucks. I think ripa is a great comedic actress but not too swift as a co-host. She comes off as if someone is talking in her ear and telling her to come back with cute quips. Having Katie lee back will be like going back to a simpler time. I really loved to watch her and reege, ripa needs to stick with sitcom and art moore needs to take over for power crazed gelman.

September 07 2007 at 11:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I honestly believe that Kathie Lee is a genuinely good person. When she found out her clothing was being made by sweat shops, she took action to make it right. She has always been an upstanding moral and spiritual person. Even though she left the daily 'Live' show, she has remained good friends with Regis. I am glad she's returning for a guest appearance and will tune in for the event.

August 19 2007 at 8:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"...WHATEVER THAT means..."?????
It means, quite simply, that being a public person, one is afforded a public platform...to use or misuse, as we all witness. She's implying she would have appreciated
helping in an active, public way.
Ever felt like that?

August 19 2007 at 4:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

She left none to soon, she brought all her personal problems to the set and cryed to America to forgive her for using children as labor. Her husband can't even stand her and there kids. They are annoying.

August 19 2007 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


August 19 2007 at 2:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Susan Vosilla

A lot of the people here sound awefully bitter about Kathy Lee! I believe she was a great host with Regis and had good reason to quit the show. There's no bitterness with them, so why are all these people saying these harsh things about Kathy over here!

August 19 2007 at 2:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Barbara Tardanico

Why is it that some people always have to be negative about every thing? I think it is great that Kathy Lee will come to the reunion. She made a contribution to the show and stuck it out through all the negative controversy that termites can eke out for the sake of tearing down a personality for a personal gain, what ever it could be. I imagine it was stressful for her parents to watch it all and even more so when her father was going through his health issues. Let the woman be and enjoy her visit with Regis and Kelly.

August 19 2007 at 1:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The bitch left because she was about to be kicked off. No producer of a supposedly wholesome show wants a slut who makes her riches at the expense of poor abused children, and then trys to say she didn't know! Come on, she owns and calls the shots but but does'nt know about her labor force? GET REAL!! The broad is scum, and should be treated accordingly.

August 19 2007 at 1:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Kathie Lee is one of the hottest women on the planet. Unfortunately she's not one of the brightest or nicest.

August 19 2007 at 1:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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