This is sad but very sweet! Katie Lee Gifford returned to the ‘TODAY’ show on Aug. 17, a week after the tragic death of her husband, Frank Gifford. Awaiting her was five-year-old Heavenly Joy Jenkins, who sang a pair of songs that left Kathie Lee crying! Click to watch!
We knew Kathie Lee Gifford’s return to the TODAY show was going to be full of crying. Kathie, 62, rejoined her co-host, Hoda Kotb, 51, on Aug. 17 for the first time since her husband, Frank Gifford, sadly passed away. While Kathie and Hoda celebrated Frank’s life and the love he gave to the world, little Heavenly Joy Jerkins, 5, gave love to Kathie Lee with two beautiful songs!
Heavenly Joy first appeared on the Aug. 13 episode of the TODAY show. Unfortunately, Kathie Lee was still grieving the loss of her husband and wasn’t there to see the young America’s Got Talent star in person. Aww. So, Heavenly decided to record a video of her singing a special version of “This Little Light Of Mine” for Kathie Lee to watch when she came back on Aug. 17. Click HERE to watch the video!
“Bye Kathie! Your light shines all around the world,” the little girl said at the end of the performance. Kathie was clearly moved, breaking down in tears at such a lovely gift. “I’ve held it together for a week!” she shouted while crying. Still, it was clear she was happy with such a heartfelt gesture. Of course, that wasn’t all: Heavenly Joy then came out with a big bouquet of flowers for Kathie Lee!
Kathie Lee was nearly overwhelmed by Heavenly, who she called “a blessing!” Heavenly Joy wanted to share one more song. She then sang “Jesus” for Kathie Lee, almost bringing her to tears again! How touching!
Frank sadly passed away on Aug. 9 in his Connecticut home. The former New York Giants and Monday Night Football co-host was 84 at the time of his death. Kathie Lee took time away from work to handle the heartbreaking her loss. She expressed gratitude for the “outpouring of grace” from everyone after his passing. While discussing Frank, Hota broke down crying about the tragic loss and how Kathie handled Frank’s death. Kathie continued to express such love and amazement of her husband when she made her return to the TODAY show set.
Did you like Heavenly Joy’s song to Kathie Lee, HollywoodLifers?
— Jason Brow