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Kathie Lee Gifford Reached Out to Harvey Weinstein & Bill Cosby Amid Scandals: 'I Don't Judge Them'

Kathie Lee Gifford Reached Out to Harvey Weinstein & Bill Cosby Amid Scandals: 'I Don't Judge Them'

Kathie Lee Gifford is opening up about why she decided to reach out to Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby after they were both accused of sexual misconduct.

During her interview on Andy Cohen‘s radio show, the 64-year-old Today show host revealed that she reached to both of her friends when their scandals first broke.

“I don’t want to throw everybody on the same manure pile. Being a jerk is not the same as being a rapist. It just isn’t,” Kathie said. “I’ve been friends with Bill for a long, long time…Harvey Weinstein was a friend of mine for 30 years. I called him and left a message.”

“I just want people to know I don’t judge them. I don’t like what they do, but God knows their hearts and there’s hope for them,” Kathie continued. “You can’t call yourself a friend if the first minute there’s trouble, you run. That’s called a fair-weather friend and that’s not a friend at all.”

Kathie went on to defend herself, saying that she does not approve of anything Bill and Harvey are being accused of.

“I hope people are not misunderstanding this. I’m not saying that that kind of behavior is in any way acceptable. It isn’t, and it’s horrible, and as a woman who has experienced it, it’s awful,” Kathie concluded. “But can we at least look at each individual case and see it for what it is? And be merciful to people who are sorry for what they’ve done? If we stop having mercy as a part of our vocabulary, Andy, our world will completely die.”

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  • Silly People

    Aren’t Bill and Harvey both accused of rape though Kathy?

  • wearing

    Just…gross. I’m sure if she was drugged and fondled or raped by Cosby, she’d be less friendly. Sounds like she wanted to keep avenues open for an interview.

  • Pamela

    Serial Rapists

  • Silly People

    I think it’s ok to bail on your friends when they are serial rapists.

  • Pamela

    I think so too. I will be fair to say that if in court, no proof is shown and they are proven innocent, one can tentatively reestablish a friendship, but consequences are consequences and 30 to 40 year predatory behavior doesn’t look like they can stop even if they were “sorry”.

  • Casey C

    yes, there is a difference between being a jerk and being a rapist but these men stand accused of DECADES of both. and even if they were ‘just’ jerks, why be friends with a jerk? with two people she readily seems to admit are jerks?

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