Kathie Lee Gifford and Howard Stern: The Power of Forgiveness

Kathie Lee Gifford recently revealed how a long-standing feud with Howard Stern came to an end with a surprising phone call. In her new memoir, “I Want to Matter: Your Life Is Too Short and Too Precious to Waste,” Gifford delves into the theme of forgiveness, particularly in the context of her relationship with the notorious shock jock.

The feud between Gifford and Stern reportedly began in 1995 when Gifford was selected to sing the national anthem at Super Bowl XXIX, an event where her husband, Frank Gifford, was set to broadcast. Gifford recalls hearing boos from the audience during her performance, later learning that Stern had allegedly encouraged his listeners to boo her.

Despite the history of animosity between them, Gifford recounts a moment of divine intervention that prompted her to extend an olive branch to Stern when he appeared as a guest on “Today.” Following a brief interaction where she wished him well with his show, Stern reached out to Gifford to apologize for his past behavior.

Gifford, who had already forgiven Stern years earlier, accepted his apology and even invited him to dinner at her home. Reflecting on the encounter, Gifford describes Stern as an “odd duck” but acknowledges the importance of second chances and the transformative power of forgiveness.

In her memoir, Gifford also opens up about her personal struggles, including her late husband Frank Gifford’s infidelity, and the role of faith in helping her navigate through challenging times. Despite the pain and betrayal she experienced, Gifford emphasizes the importance of maintaining hope and extending grace to others, even in the face of adversity.

Through her story of reconciliation with Howard Stern, Kathie Lee Gifford highlights the profound impact of forgiveness and the healing that can come from letting go of past grievances. As she continues to share her journey of faith and resilience, Gifford’s message serves as a reminder of the enduring power of forgiveness in fostering personal growth and reconciliation.