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'Today' Show's Kathie Lee Gifford Says Bill Cosby Tried to Kiss Her

'Today' Show's Kathie Lee Gifford Says Bill Cosby Tried to Kiss Her

The Today show anchor Kathie Lee Gifford opened up about one of the last times she saw Bill Cosby, saying he tried to kiss her.

“I will admit, towards the very last times I saw him, he did try to kiss me,” the 61-year-old morning show anchor said on the air. “I said, ‘Bill, no, we’re friends,’ and he said, ‘OK, goodnight,’ and I said, ‘Goodnight.’ And I went to my room, and he went into his room.”

“A lot of married men come onto single women, … but once I said, ‘No, absolutely not,’ he respected it,” Kathie added, before talking about her experience reading one of his accuser’s – Beverly Johnson‘s – stories.

“I do know that I got a chill [reading Beverly Johnson's story], because every night when we’d come off stage and Bill would be going on-stage, he would have made cappuccinos for all three of us. And I always thought it was such a kindness and it was so sweet, and now you see Beverly Johnson saying that he made her a cappuccino, and I just don’t want it to be true, but I’m not saying that the women are liars,” Kathie Lee said. “I’m just saying I never personally saw it with my own two eyes.”

Kathie Lee admitted that Bill tried to kiss her just as his wife Camille released a statement coming to his defense against the sexual abuse allegations.

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  • Jenniferr07

    She is so beautiful for her age :( I wish I could look like her when I am that old but I guess I am not blessed with looks like that and I can’t act “sexy” to save my life :S It’s so frustrating, I haven’t had a bf for like 2 years already. Bought this dating thing http://po.st/R5xbUR , gonna try it out on next time when going out, I hope it helps.. These beautiful celebrities make me really jelly :(

  • sky

    Dear kathylee a man making a pass at you is not sexually harassing you. My goodness did u not less than two weeks ago say you never saw anything. Women like you are the reasons for so much doubt towards real victims.

  • drachemitch

    Well, the solution is to just move him to a different Parrish. That has worked for the last several hundred years.

  • drachemitch

    It is mostly plastic surgery and injectables, then a lot of good skincare and being adamant about what you eat. It just boils down to which desires you have the willpower to feed and which to deny.

  • Maria E. Segura

    This Bill Cosby thing is a total roman circus from the press and the media to get more $$$ and popularity to themselves. I mean I bet that in the following days more women will come forward that Bill Cosby did something to them. I bet that even my neighbor will come forward!!

  • Ignorantworld

    LOL…..I know right! This is just damn ridiculous. Such liars!

  • Gina

    She didn’t say that it was sexual harassment. She clearly states that he respected her when she said ‘no’. Her entire statement sounds as if she is conflicted though.

  • Guest

    A married man making a pass is not respecting his wife though.

  • Guest

    throw in genetics to some degree

  • sky

    Sorry but this sudden epiphany from the women makes no sense. It not like they were kids when they say this happened. All were adults with a sense of right and wrong. Some comedian who was trying to make a name for himself made a joke and the next thing you knew these women ran to the media…not a police station and reported alligations they cant proof. If he is a creep as they are saying where is the victim that is still covered under the statute of limitations. I have watched enough law & order to know the perp these woman are talking about does not skip a generation. Where were their parents? Y were their 15 &17 yr old girls @ the playboy mansion.

  • Mercyneal

    Huh? WTF are you talking about? I believe Kathy Lee. Shame on your comment for attacking a victim.

  • Mercyneal

    Um, no: it is NOT a sudden epiphany. I do investigations on sexual abuse cases and more than 90 per cent of women NEVER speak up. It’s only when that first brave victim speaks up that the floodgates open/

    You do know that the police are currently investigating a case in LA that falls within the statute of limitations, don’t you, pal? Next time you do your homework and don’t post before reading up on the psychology of victims.

  • Mercyneal

    Facelifts galore.

  • Gina

    Oh, please. Everyone knows that all it takes is one brave woman to speak up to give others the courage to do the same. The fact that even celebs are speaking out against him is unprecedented. There have been sexual assault allegations floating around about this man for years. It can’t all be a coincidence. Where there’s smoke there’s fire. Kathie speaking up about him making the moves on her while married at the very least speaks to his character. I’m not saying men who cheat are rapists but I’m saying that it is one piece to a larger puzzle in this case.

  • sky

    one single victim in this decade, again with no proof. keep your head up your a**…. just like the grand jury has their head up their a**es about eric gardner and michael brown. women like kathylee, are muding the waters regarding the credibility of these women. Less than 2 weeks ago she said I didn’t see anything but she read the same account that has been out for weeks now and she has an epiphany.

  • funkytown

    Perhaps these women didn’t come forward until they realized that they weren’t the only one and now surely people MUST believe them since it wasn’t just the one person! And now you are proving it because you say they are liars. Whether it be one person or a hundred….what would it have taken for you to believe it? No wonder it’s so hard for victims to come forward. It’s only “damn ridiculous” to YOU because you don’t WANT to hear it…..not even if it’s true!!

  • funkytown

    You think it’s a “sudden epiphany” just because this is the first YOU had heard of it. These allegations about him have been floating around for decades!! But I can understand the fear of these women not wanting to come forward! They KNEW that it was going to cause people like you to do exactly what you have done which is to automatically doubt and blow smoke to try to cover it up instead of realize that this man has hidden behind his celebrity and power.

  • Ignorantworld

    I don’t want to hear because these women are liars and i don’t care who they are. I don’t believe everything that is put out in the media like some folks including yourself obviously. Some people know how to tell lies so good anyone would think it’s true. 100 women can come forth it still doesn’t make it true. Don’t come out now after all these years you lived with the secret that long keep it to yourself(if it were true)but it’s not. Women lie everyday in this world claiming a man sexually harassed them.You’re a victim but you ‘re just coming out all these years….get real! If someone drugged me and took advantage of me celebrity or not I would have my ass down to the police station so quick not wait 20 year or whatever to say something by that time it’s nothing that no one can do about it anyway. So like I said these women are liars and have of them seem slightly nutty looking for attention i.e janice dickinson (total nut job) Oh I could careless if you like my statement.

  • funkytown

    You have obviously either never been harassed OR are in denial. It is really easy for someone who has not been there to make judgments on how other’s handle a painful event. No two people are alike and even IF you have experienced the same, doesn’t mean her way of handling it was wrong!

  • funkytown

    How in the WORLD do you expect someone to have proof when the abuser is expert at doing this kind of stuff in secret?? Carry around a iPhone and take a selfie??? PUHLEEZE!!!

  • funkytown

    You don’t know me so you have no idea what I think or why. And btw….if you didn’t care about my reaction to your statement then you wouldn’t have bothered with trying to justify yours.

  • funkytown

    I agree with you Gina. I think though that the reason she sounds conflicted is because she IS….along with other women who THINK they would have handled it differently. When are we going to realize how hard it is for victims to come forward when women have been blamed for centuries for the victimization? When I was in high school (9th grade) I was selling band candy door to door when an elderly man came to the door stark naked and with a part of his anatomy that was obviously happy to see me! In my naivete’, I thought perhaps he would get dressed before he came back to the door and handed me the money for the candy bar he agreed to purchase but guess what? NOPE! He was still naked as a jaybird! It took me YEARS before I told anyone about it because I was so embarrassed! Should what he did be considered abusive? HELL YES!! No different from a flasher in a trench coat!!

  • Ignorantworld

    You just wrote what you think you idiot! And thank goodness I don’t know you because it’s quite obvious you can’t think for yourself without the media influencing your opinion. You really don’t seem to be that bright of a person. because I replied doesn’t mean I care TRUST ME! I replied to get you straight! Don’t bother writing back because I won’t read it! Ha!

  • funkytown

    I just LOVE it when the only response a person can say back to you is one where they become aggressively abusive….and THEN they promise not to read your response back. HAHAHAHA!!

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