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Kathie Lee Was Surprised by Caitlyn Jenner's Transition

"I never saw that coming at all," says the 'Today' host and godmother to Kendall and Kylie Jenner. 

Kathie Lee Gifford is a longtime friend of the Kardashian-Jenner family. And as Kris' BFF, she opened up about Caitlyn's transition during her appearance on Watch What Happens Live on Wednesday (July 15), the same night Caitlyn took the stage at the ESPY Awards

"No, no I haven't [met her]. I have spoken to her," Kathie Lee said of Caitlyn. "Yes, it really was [like speaking to a different person]. It was weird because it's still Bruce's voice but it's coming out of Caitlyn's mouth now. And I hadn't met her. She called me about a week before the Diane Sawyer interview because we hadn't spoken in a while. And I never saw that coming at all."

 

Kathie Lee further elaborated on being surprised by Caitlyn's transition. "Not in 35 or so years and being dear friends [did I expect this]. We went around the world together as families. [My husband] Frank and I are godparents to Kylie and Kendall... I don't have gaydar at all. So I'm certainly not going to have transgender-dar," she explained. "I just don't... People are people to me."

Caitlyn has been making headlines not only for her courage to speak out for the trans community, but also for her fashion. The paparazzi target has quickly become a street style star since her Vanity Fair cover was released in June. "I think it's much easier for people to get used to it who don't know her as the person," Kathie Lee said. "And I don't know her. I'll look forward to knowing her. It's bizarre. I know Kris has said publicly, so I can share this. She said it all just feels like a lie to me, her whole life with Bruce. It's a lot for people to digest. And I think they're all trying really hard to and they're trying to be loving. And Bruce was one of the most lovable, adorable, sweetest guys in the world. That is all still there in Cailtyn."

Check out more from Kathie Lee on Kris and Caitlyn's relationship, below. 

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