SALT LAKE CITY — “Today” show host Kathie Lee Gifford reacted to the death of pastor and Christian evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham on Wednesday morning.
Speaking on "Megyn Kelly Today," Gifford had nothing but praise for Graham.
“My whole family came to Jesus through the Billy Graham organization,” she said.
She wrote in a separate piece for "Today" that she appreciated the pastor’s humility and friendly personality.
“The thing that I adored most about him is that he remained the most humble and giant of a man you would ever, ever, ever want to meet. He had this incredible, loving presence of a person for the masses, but then when you were one-on-one with him, you were the only person in the room. Rarely do people have both of those gifts,” she wrote.
Gifford told Kelly that she grew up with a Jewish father and a Christian mother, and that Graham “connected the dots” for her.
She also told a story about the last time she spoke with Graham, at his 95 birthday celebration.
Although he was frail and ailing, after she told him who she was, he shared with her an important message.
“Oh Kathie Lee, I love you,” he told her.
You can watch the entire interview in the video here.
Gifford also praised Graham in a Twitter post.
Rejoicing with my precious friend, Billy Graham. Without a doubt, the finest man I ever knew. So grateful that I am among the millions that he led to faith in Jesus and the promise of eternal life.— Kathie Lee Gifford (@KathieLGifford) February 21, 2018
Gifford’s religious background has been well-documented. Following the death of her husband in 2015, Gifford said their family’s Christian beliefs were central to their lives, according to the Deseret News, as her husband often turned to faith during hard times.
"He had the hope that he would be with the Lord and that we would someday be with him as well," Gifford said.