The Today co-host shut down skinny shamers during Thursday's show, calling out those who claim she has become too thin.
"There are so many people now who say in writing, ‘Oh you’re so skinny now, you’re too skinny. Are you sick?’ all that kind of thing. And I think I’ll just put it out there — I am so happy. I am thrilled to be so fit, so healthy and so happy and so hopeful. Sue me! Sue me if that bothers you," Gifford declared.
Gifford also assured the audience that she was perfectly healthy, and had the medical backup to prove it.
“I’ve had three doctors appointments in the last two weeks. [I’m] healthier than I’ve ever been in my entire life,” she said. “More fit, happier, more excited. I’m doing work 10 times what I did when I was in my 20s, and if that’s upsetting to people they have to look at themselves, why it’s upsetting to them."
She added, "The real people in my life, the ones whose opinions actually matter, are thrilled for me. Everybody else — their opinion doesn’t matter.”
There is an explanation for why she does appear slimmer than before, and it's pretty straightforward.
"I did a major motion picture that I wrote, based on a woman who’s newly widowed — she’s been widowed for a year — and she’s a runner,” she shared. “I started getting in shape for that movie last fall because I knew we would shoot it in the spring. That’s what actresses do."