We can't wait to see you, Kathie!

By Meghan Overdeep
March 28, 2019
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After more than a decade spent working in New York City and living in nearby Greenwich, Connecticut, Kathie Lee Gifford is packing her bags and heading South.

The longtime Today host, who's leaving the show in early April, recently told People that her next stop is Nashville, where she's already purchased a house.

"The work that I want to do isn't here anymore," she said of New York.

Gifford, who lost her husband of nearly 30 years in 2015, revealed to People that she plans to focus on music and acting after she leaves morning news. The 65-year-old mother-of-two has written a few musicals and has a new Christian film coming out this month.

"I am an artist, I'm an actress, I'm a writer, I'm a songwriter, a director now," she said. "That's the stuff that feeds my soul and I know that I'm running out of time to do those things."

And if there's one place to go to focus on music, it's Nashville.

"Even if you're just having a dinner party there, invariably people end up at your piano or taking your guitar off the wall, and next thing you know, you've written a song and you're in the studio the next week doing a demo," she added.

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Gifford, who co-hosts the fourth hour of Today with Hoda Kotb, announced in December that she would be retiring on April 7th—the 11-year anniversary of her hosting the popular morning show. In February it was confirmed that Today correspondent and former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager would be taking over her role.

"It's an exciting time for me, and I'm thrilled about all the projects that are coming up," Gifford said in December. "But it's also hard … because I love everybody here so much."

We can't wait to see what you get up to in Nashville, Kathie!

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