Hoda Kotb And Kathie Lee Gifford On Elizabeth Edward’s Death — EXCLUSIVE!

Tue, December 7, 2010 6:45pm EST by 1 Comment

The Today Show hosts tells us they are “heartbroken” over the passing of Elizabeth Edwards.

The news of Elizabeth Edwards losing her battle to breast cancer is hitting Hoda Kotb particularly hard, as she is a breast cancer survivor. And she was kind enough to tell us what she never got to tell Elizabeth.

“Just read the news. I am heartbroken…just heartbroken,” Hoda tells HollywoodLife.com. “As a breast cancer survivor, I so admired Elizabeth Edwards. I watched in awe the way she dealt with her disease. She had not one single ounce of self pity…not an ounce.”

Hoda was able to sit down with Elizabeth recently on the Today Show, and she tells us she “wanted to be just like her, to take the focus off of myself.” She continues: “I wonder, as I chatted with her at the Today Show not too long ago, if she realized how many lives she changed. I wish I would have told her how much he changed mine.”

Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda’s Today co-host, also shared her sentiments with us:

“I am brokenhearted for Elizabeth and her beautiful family. No one should’ve had to endure what she did physically, emotionally and publicly. I’m glad she is at peace.”

–Jenna Mullins

Click to see Elizabeth’s life in photos