For 30 Years Howard Stern Harasses Kathie Lee, Internet Applauds Way She Puts An End To It
FaithTap Staff 5/16/2018
Kathie Lee Gifford isn't a shy person. From the rollercoaster Hollywood life she's led to the faith for God she has in her heart -- Kathie is an open book. So when a popular radio show host took aim at Kathie and her family more than 30 years ago, she never forgot.
For more than three decades, Kathie and Howard Stern shared a very public feud. It seemed as though Howard took every chance to rag on Kathie. But then something amazing happened...
Kathie decided to end their fiery feud with something we all take for granted: kindness.
In an exclusive TODAY Show segment, Kathie spoke about how the feud got started with Howard in the first place. Howard held nothing back when attacking the bubbly blonde actress. He took shots at her looks, brains, children, husband, life choices, personal matters and career moves.
"Howard Stern had a feud with me going on 30 years. I never met him. I never listened to his show. He hated my guts for 30 years. Hated my husband, hated my children. Hated everything I stood for."
His relentless harassment was often too much for Kathie to bear -- she did her best to avoid reading or hearing about his harsh words for three long decades.
After holding onto an understandable grudge against Howard for 30 years, Kathie was ready to let it go! As soon as she realized it was time to release the hurt in her heart God intervened.
Kathie's urge to forgive Howard for his nasty words and inexcusable behavior struck her before a taping of America's Got Talent.
"And one day, right here, I was up in the makeup room, and all of a sudden he's here to announce 'America's Got Talent.' I just feel the Lord saying very clearly to me, 'Go down and say hello to Howard.'
I'm standing right here... and I go, 'Howard, Howard, I'm Kathie Lee. I thought it was time I say hello. I want to wish you the very best with your show.'
And I left. He was really flabbergasted."
Instead of ignoring Kathie's olive branch, Howard reached out to her later that evening.
"There's a message from him, a voicemail... He calls again during dinner, we had a half-hour conversation.
'Will you forgive me, Kathie, please? I'm doing some hard work on my life. I know I hurt you. I'm so sorry and I need to ask you to forgive me.'"
She later revealed more of their emotional conversation on the set of "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen." She explained what Howard told her that night:
"[He said], 'I used a lot of language, but I'm so sorry. You never deserved it. You've always been so nice. You just pissed me off because you were everything I wasn't.'"
Kathie can rest easy now that the biggest feud she had in Hollywood is squashed. While the two aren't friends, Kathie said she prays for Howard every single day. This type of selfless love is what it really means to be a true Christian!