"Frank hated funerals," Kathie Lee said on Tuesday's Today

By K.c. Blumm
August 18, 2015 08:45 PM
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A day after her emotional tribute to her late husband, Frank Gifford, Kathie Lee Gifford revealed on Tuesday’s Today show that her family didn’t have a funeral for the football great, who died on Aug. 9 at the age of 84.

“We did not have a service for Frank last week. We had a party,” Kathie Lee said. “Frank hated funerals. He hated boxes. He hated to be put in boxes. He hated to get in an elevator. So we played Frank Sinatra all day long and we had a party. The only criteria was, if you were there you had to be somebody that he adored, so it kept it nice and small.”

The Today host spoke about the Giants’ plan to honor the former running back this season by wearing a No. 16 patch on their helmets. She also talked about plans for a public celebration of her husband’s life.

It’s “not a service,” she said, because the beloved sportscaster would “boomerang it.” Kathie Lee described the gathering that is still in the planning stages as “some way to celebrate Frank’s life that the public could come to.”

Mentioning the 19 million shares the video of her comments about Frank generated on social media on Monday, Kathie Lee added, “I think we could fill a big hall with people who loved Frank and I would really love to do that.”

On Monday, Kathie Lee had tears in her eyes as she spoke of her husband of almost 30 years. “He would want you to know that he died in complete peace,” she said. “He knew every sin he had committed was forgiven.”

The Giffords have two children, Cody, 25, and Cassidy, 22, and Frank had three kids – Jeff, Kyle and Victoria – from a previous marriage.

Last week Cassidy paid tribute to her father in an Instagram post, describing Frank as her “best friend.” On Thursday she shared a photo with her dad and brother, captioning it, “A lil’ throwback with the greatest men I’ll ever have the privilege of knowing.”

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