Kathie Lee Gifford has arrived (in Seattle)


Waiting to see Kathie Lee Gifford across from the Today Show studios at Dean and Deluca

By Travis Mayfield

I’m going to get hate mail for what I am about to write, but I do not care.

I absolutely adore Kathie Lee Gifford.

I grew up watching her on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee and ever since she left that show I’ve harbored a bit of a grudge against Gelman and the gang for letting her go.

So you can imagine my childlike delight when KLG returned to morning television as the host of the 987th hour of the Today Show (or is it the 937th hour?).

Seriously folks, that may be the best hour of television anywhere. Grab a glass (or bottle) of white wine and drink along with KLG and the Hodster.

But I’m getting sidetracked here by my undying devotion to a true angel among us and I need to deliver the big headline.

Kathie Lee Gifford is in Seattle!

The news was delivered to me by the folks who run the 5th Avenue Theatre’s Twitter account:

@5thavetheatre First day of Saving Aimee rehearsals and Kathie Lee Gifford is officially in the building!

I saw that Tweet flash across my TweetDeck at 3:58 p.m. today and nearly choked on my Diet Coke.

I literally had to stand up at my desk in the newsroom and announce it as breaking news.

“Kathie Lee Gifford is in Seattle,” I gushed.

Some folks on the KOMO Newsradio side of the newsroom raised their eyebrows to which I had a quick (though far from creative) retort.

“I am legitimately her number one fan…seriously!”

Sitting back down I quickly Tweeted my own announcement:

who cares about Steve Jobs...@KathieLGifford is in Seattle! Which wine bar will she be spotted in first?? #GodILoveHer!

Why might you ask is the Queen of mid-morning television (and of my heart) in this fair city and why is the 5th Ave the one to break this incredible news?

Turns out KLG wrote the book and the lyrics for Saving Aimee which opens at the 5th Ave Theatre September 30th.  The threatre's website describes the play this way:

Tangled with scandalous love affairs and a tabloid-frenzied trial, this powerful new musical tells the real-life story of Aimee Semple McPherson — the charismatic leader of a theatrical super church in 1920s L.A. who was equally passionate about saving souls and making headlines.

I’ve scoured KLG Twitter page hoping for a clue regarding her plans while in Seattle. Yet the only thing I can find is a tweet sent August 17th:

Tix on sale now for my musical Saving Aimee at 5thavenue.org in Seattle. Hope you can come see it!

And that really isn’t much.

So I’m on the lookout and I am hoping at the very least for a quick star sighting.

Oh and if you think I’m being even slighting ironic in writing this post think again. My husband will tell you about the last time we were in Midtown Manhattan at 10 a.m. in the midst of a raging blizzard and I forced him to wait with me outside the Today Show window long enough to wave to KLG and ensure she saw me.

When she waved back and then blew a kiss, it was like sipping ambrosia.... 

Or at least taking a slug from a box of chardonnay.


Editor’s note: If Kathie Lee Gifford reads this blog post and wants to sit for an interview with this reporter he’d probably be cool with that. No pressure and no biggie.

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