The former cohost of Live with Regis left the syndicated talk show in 2000, claiming that she would never again work on television on a regular basis. Until now, she's held true to her word, appearing only in stage productions and making scattered guest appearances on TV. But when The Insider executive producer Linda Bell Blue offered her the chance to choose her own news beat, Kathie Lee Gifford had to reconsider.
"The more I thought about it, the more I realized how much I would enjoy it," Gifford said. She was thrilled to choose the Broadway beat, as she has been involved with the theater her whole life. "Being a member of The Insider family gives me an opportunity to do what I know, television, with what I love, theater," she stated. "I'm looking forward to finally casting a well-deserved spotlight on the world of theater. And ...Read more
The flamboyant style guru suffers from polycystic kidney disease, a genetic disorder that causes cysts to grow on the kidneys. The cysts replace healthy tissue, reducing the kidneys' functionality and eventually rendering them useless. PKD is the fourth leading cause of renal failure, and about 500,000 Americans have the disease.
An unnamed friend gave Cojocaru a kidney this January in what seemed to be a successful operation. Unfortunately, the organ became infected with a virus that sometimes attacks transplant recipients and had to be removed before it ceased to function.
Cojocaru, whose original kidneys were left untouched after the initial surgery, is recovering at an undisclosed hospital. He has released the following statement: "My spirits have not been dampened in the least. I'll be back to work shortly on the ...Read more