Kathie Lee: Out to Lunch

And after she said goodbye on the air to her “Live!” cohost Regis Philbin, Kathie Lee Gifford went to lunch at Tavern on the Green near her Manhattan studio last Friday — the final lunch of her final week of final good-byes. Besides the Gifford clan — Kathie Lee, husband Frank and children Cody, 10, and Cassidy, 7 — guests included “Live!” colleagues, all of whom were met at the door with hugs and kisses from Kathie Lee. After the crew had been through the buffet line, Regis announced, “I want to thank everyone for coming and, aside from the fact that you are here for the free food, I’m sure Kathie is very grateful.” Reege also had one last gift to present Gifford, a Tiffany frame encasing a photo of the two of them (dressed as the other). “Well, Regis, now I have one gift for you,” Kathie Lee replied. “Cody is going to play the piano for you.” And so Cody did, with everyone listening politely. And thus came to an end the professional relationship of one of the most successful couples ever to appear on television.

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