Kathie Lee Gifford and Kotb play tribute to Frank Gifford on the Today Show. The co-hosts watch a video showing highlights from the NFL hall of famer’s appearances on the show, as well as clips of Kathie Lee speaking about her longtime love. Videos include Frank bringing flowers to his wife during the broadcast, Kotb announcing his death and Kathie Lee remembering their journey together. Kathie Lee:
He was so grateful, he knew what hard work was. He never had an entitled moment in his entire life.
Sheen tells Lauer on Today, that he is HIV positive, but he does not have AIDS:
I’m here to admit that I am in fact HIV Positive…It started with what I thought was a series of crushing headaches. I thought I had a brain tumor. I thought it was over. It’s a hard three letters to absorb. It’s a turning point in one’s life…[I had to speak out] to put a stop to this barrage of attacks of sub-truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that threaten the health of so many others…I have a responsibility now to better myself and help a lot of other people.
Sheen also says he has been the victim of years of blackmail, giving millions of dollars in extortion money to prostitutes with whom he had relations in hopes that they would keep his HIV status a secret.
My trust turned to their treason.
He admits having unprotected sex with two individuals, whom he says were warned beforehand and “under the care” of his doctor.He also says he’s no longer doing drugs, but still drinks “a little bit.”
On the Today Show, Dolezal tells Lauer that she identifies as black — something she started doing at the age of five.
I was drawing self-portraits with the brown crayon instead of the peach crayon, and black curly hair. I do take exception to that because it’s a little more complex than me identifying as black or answering a question of, are you black or white?
Deen rejoins Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today Show just one year after an emotional appearance on the show where Deen discussed a racist statement she made years earlier. Deen discusses her mental state during the prior year’s appearance and apologizes for the scandal:
That was a woman in trauma, shock, trying to understand what happened. And you know the cold hard fact, Matt, is I probably should not have been here. I should have been home, maybe under the care of a doctor. My words hurt people. They disappointed people, and quite frankly I disappointed myself. And for that I’m so sorry. I’m so, so sorry for the hurt I caused people. Because it went deep.