Kathie Lee Gifford: ‘I’m doing what I was born to do’ after ‘Today’

Moving on up? Kathie Lee Gifford couldn’t be happier about where she is in life. In April, the longtime Today show host stepped away, signing off after nearly 11 years on the 10 a.m. hour alongside Hoda Kotb. “I stayed year after year making a million memories with people I will never forget. I leave Today with a grateful heart but I’m truly excited for this new creative season in my life,” she stated when exiting.

However, she’s now living the dream.

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Kathie Lee Gifford's 'Today' show goodbye party at The Times Square EDITION Hotel on Wednesday. (Credit: Cesar Soto)
Kathie Lee Gifford's 'Today' show goodbye party at The Times Square EDITION Hotel on Wednesday. (Credit: Cesar Soto)
Kathie Lee Gifford's 'Today' show goodbye party at The Times Square EDITION Hotel on Wednesday. (Credit: Cesar Soto)
Kathie Lee Gifford's 'Today' show goodbye party at The Times Square EDITION Hotel on Wednesday. (Credit: Cesar Soto)
Kathie Lee Gifford's 'Today' show goodbye party at The Times Square EDITION Hotel on Wednesday. (Credit: Cesar Soto)
Kathie Lee Gifford's 'Today' show goodbye party at The Times Square EDITION Hotel on Wednesday. (Credit: Cesar Soto)
Kathie Lee Gifford's 'Today' show goodbye party at The Times Square EDITION Hotel on Wednesday. (Credit: Cesar Soto)
Kathie Lee Gifford's 'Today' show goodbye party at The Times Square EDITION Hotel on Wednesday. (Credit: Cesar Soto)
Kathie Lee Gifford's 'Today' show goodbye party at The Times Square EDITION Hotel on Wednesday. (Credit: Cesar Soto)
Kathie Lee Gifford's 'Today' show goodbye party at The Times Square EDITION Hotel on Wednesday. (Credit: Cesar Soto)
Kathie Lee Gifford's 'Today' show goodbye party at The Times Square EDITION Hotel on Wednesday. (Credit: Cesar Soto)
Kathie Lee Gifford's 'Today' show goodbye party at The Times Square EDITION Hotel on Wednesday. (Credit: Cesar Soto)
Kathie Lee Gifford's 'Today' show goodbye party at The Times Square EDITION Hotel on Wednesday. (Credit: Cesar Soto)
Kathie Lee Gifford's 'Today' show goodbye party at The Times Square EDITION Hotel on Wednesday. (Credit: Cesar Soto)
Kathie Lee Gifford's 'Today' show goodbye party at The Times Square EDITION Hotel on Wednesday. (Credit: Cesar Soto)
Kathie Lee Gifford's 'Today' show goodbye party at The Times Square EDITION Hotel on Wednesday. (Credit: Cesar Soto)
Kathie Lee Gifford's 'Today' show goodbye party at The Times Square EDITION Hotel on Wednesday. (Credit: Cesar Soto)
Kathie Lee Gifford's 'Today' show goodbye party at The Times Square EDITION Hotel on Wednesday. (Credit: Cesar Soto)
Kathie Lee Gifford's 'Today' show goodbye party at The Times Square EDITION Hotel on Wednesday. (Credit: Cesar Soto)
Kathie Lee Gifford's 'Today' show goodbye party at The Times Square EDITION Hotel on Wednesday. (Credit: Cesar Soto)
Kathie Lee Gifford's 'Today' show goodbye party at The Times Square EDITION Hotel on Wednesday. (Credit: Cesar Soto)
Kathie Lee Gifford's 'Today' show goodbye party at The Times Square EDITION Hotel on Wednesday. (Credit: Cesar Soto)
Kathie Lee Gifford's 'Today' show goodbye party at The Times Square EDITION Hotel on Wednesday. (Credit: Cesar Soto)
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“It’s excellent because I’m doing what I was born to do. My childhood dreams are happening for me right now and I’ve never in the history of my life had the opportunity to do them,” the host told Us Weekly exclusively at the Daytime Emmy Awards on May 5. “I was always taking care of people. It was either my parents or my husband or my children or whatever; I don’t have to worry about that anymore. It’s the first time in my life I can truly just soar on the wings of the wind [and] see where God takes me.”

Gifford added that, to her, life is “perfect” now.

The former Live host also opened up about the possibility of finding love again, three years after losing her husband, Frank Gifford, adding that her children, Cassidy, 25, and Cody, 29, are extremely supportive.

“They want me to be happy just like I want them to be. We don’t know what that looks like in life. If God blesses me again with a new love, I would love it. If he doesn’t, that means he’s gonna satisfy my soul with all kinds of other things. And I don’t know what it looks like,” she said. “I’m not telling God to be God. The way I found Frank was him leaning over a sink putting in contact lenses. The way my friend Roma Downey found her husband, she sat down and had a pedicure next to him. God’s just gonna surprise me.”

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TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford on Friday, November 16, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford and Howie Mandel on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford on Friday, November 23, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford and Donna Farizan on Friday, November 16, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford on Thursday, October 12, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford and Billie Jean King on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Dylan Dreyer, Jenna Bush Hager, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford and Al Roker on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford on Monday, September 5, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Kathie Lee Gifford, Lionel Richie and Hoda Kotb on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford on Thursday, Aug.10, 2017 -- (Photo by: Zach Pagano/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: Hoda Kotb (L) and Kathie Lee Gifford (R) are seen on July 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by VMAL/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: (L-R) TV personalities Sheinelle Jones, Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford attend the 'DUNKIRK' New York premiere at AMC Lincoln Square IMAX on July 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford on Monday, June 23, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 07: Hoda Kotb (L) and Kathie Lee Gifford attend the 2017 CMT Music Awards at the Music City Center on June 7, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 07: Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford attend the 2017 CMT Music Awards at the Music City Center on June 7, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images For CMT)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 07: (L-R) Hoda Kotb,Jason Derulo, Luke Bryan and Kathie Lee Gifford backstage during the 2017 CMT Music Awards at the Music City Center on June 7, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford on Monday, June 5, 2017 -- (Photo by: Zach Pagano/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford attend the 2017 Matrix Awards at Sheraton New York Times Square on April 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb And Kathie Lee Gifford on the Today Show. Wednesday, April 19, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford appear to celebrate the BELLA New York Holiday Issue Cover Party and Holiday Shopping Event on December 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
NBCUNIVERSAL UPFRONT -- '2016 NBCUniversal Upfront in New York City on Monday, May 16, 2016' -- Pictured: (l-r) Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, 'The Today Show' on NBC -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: (L) Kathie Lee Gifford dressed as her former co-host Regis Philbin, and Hoda Kotb, dressed as Kathie Lee Gifford from the morning talk show, 'Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee,' during NBC's 'Today' Halloween at Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 08: TV personalities Hoda Kotb (L) and Kathie Lee Gifford attend the Variety's Power Of Women: New York 2016 at Cipriani Midtown on April 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Kathie Lee Gifford, Jennifer Lopez, and Hoda Kotb appear on the 'Today' show on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford on Friday, November 23, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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With reporting by Kayley Stumpe

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