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Kathie Lee Gifford Has Only Been on One Date Since Her Husband Frank Died in 2015

Kathie Lee Gifford says she’s ready to start dating again but she’s “not interested in something that isn’t magnificent.” 

By Tamara Palmer
Kathie Lee Gifford

After Kathie Lee Gifford films her last episode of the Today show on April 5, she's looking forward to truly embracing a new chapter in Nashville, where she'll be moving full time to work on music.

And now, almost four years since her husband of nearly 30 years, Frank Gifford, passed in 2015, she says she's finally to get out into the dating world. She's gone on one date since Frank died, and is open to going on more in her new city.

“I had a friend of mine who asked me a couple of years ago after Frank passed, he said, ‘Sorry, I guess Frank was the love of your life, right?’ … And I said ‘so far.’ I was kind of surprised by my answer because it was like optimistic, so far,” she told PEOPLE.

Her standards are high, though.

“I’m not interested in something that isn’t magnificent,” Kathie Lee asserted.

Her faith and her family have carried her through the years since Frank's passing.

“I’ve gotten through this past year the way I've gotten through every day of my life: faithfully trusting God to do what God does, which is to show up, redeem and restore,” she wrote in an open letter in 2016. “God doesn't promise you a year. He promises you a day at a time. He broke life into 24-hour periods because that's all we can handle. The next day, you reach for your fresh cup of mercy that you need every bit as much as the day before.”

Now, she says, keeping God first will sort everything else out in her life.

“If you keep God in the equation, He knows your needs, He knows your desires. He knows everything before we even speak. He knows our hearts. He knows my heart’s desire is to be a fulfilled, complete human being,” she said.

“Do I need a man in my life? Well, I’ve got Cody,” Kathie Lee said, shouting out her 29-year-old son. “I’ve got a man in my life. I’ve got great male friends. Do I need companionship? Yes, I do, and that’s one of the main reasons I moved to Nashville. Not that I’m looking for a man. What I’m looking for is an active, vibrant life.”

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