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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.”

Meryl Streep Says Experiences With Violence Changed Her On A 'Cellular Level'

Meryl Streep is all smiles while attending the Citymeals on Wheels 31st Annual Power Lunch for Women on Thursday (November 16) held at the Rainbow Room in New York City.

The Academy Award winner appeared at a separate event the day before, where she praised journalists for their bravery, telling the audience she did “know something about real terror”.

Meryl recounted two incidents, one in which she said she was attacked and “played dead and waited until the blows stopped, watching like people say you do from like 50 feet above where I was beaten”.

Meryl then described another incident when she was with Cher when she saw a man attacking a woman. In that case, she said she “went completely nuts” and chased the man off. “I was changed by these events on a cellular level because women do know something particular about coming to the danger place,” Meryl continued. “We come to it disadvantaged through the many millennia preceding our present moment and because of our vulnerability we anticipate danger, we expect it.”

“We’re hyper alert to it, we have the 360 on the whole room,” Meryl added. “”We have measurably more acute hearing, we have a better sense of smell, we notice details, what people are wearing, their tics and peculiarities.”

Also pictured inside at the Citymeals on Wheels event: Liam Neeson, Kathie Lee Gifford and Christie Brinkley.

The event raised over $1 million to provide nearly 136,000 meals to New York’s City’s homebound elderly.

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'Today' Hosts Turn Into Country Superstars on Halloween!

The Today show hosts put on quite the show for Halloween in New York City today (October 31)!

The hosts decided to put on a big country concert with Hoda Kotb as Blake Shelton (the real Blake made an appearance too!), Kathie Lee Gifford as Miley Cyrus, Carson Daly as Billy Ray Cyrus (who also made an appearance on the show), Al Roker as Willie Nelson, Savannah Guthrie as Kenny Rogers, Matt Lauer as Dolly Parton, and Megyn Kelly as Shania Twain.

Check out the entire segment in the video below!

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Rachael Leigh Cook & Lacey Chabert Give Us the '90s Feels at Hallmark TCA Party

Rachael Leigh Cook and Lacey Chabert hit the red carpet for the Hallmark Channel party held during the 2017 TCA Summer Press Tour on Thursday (July 27) at a private estate in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The actresses are totally giving us those ’90s throwback feels thanks to their roles in some classic projects like She’s All That and Party of Five!

Some other stars in attendance included Fuller House‘s Candace Cameron Bure and Lori Loughlin, Today Show host Kathie Lee Gifford with her two kids, Holly Robinson Peete, Sara Rue, Andie MacDowell, Amanda Righetti, Julie Benz, Rachel Skarsten, Trevor Donovan, Jon Voight, James Denton, and The Good Witch co-stars Bailee Madison and Catherine Bell.

Cute couples Carlos and Alexa PenaVega and Jesse Metcalfe and Cara Santana were there as well!

FYI: Bailee is wearing a Valentino dress. Cara is wearing a Christian Siriano dress and Schutz shoes. Candace is wearing a Christian Siriano dress and a kate spade new york clutch.

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Rachel Bilson, Jada Pinkett Smith, & Clare Bowen Are Ready to Present at CMT Awards

Rachel Bilson has made her entrance at the 2017 CMT Music Awards!

The 35-year-old Hart of Dixie star dazzled in a trendy top and leather skirt for the event held at the Music City Center on Wednesday evening (June 7) in Nashville, Tenn.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Rachel Bilson

She was joined by her fellow presenters Jada Pinkett Smith and Clare Bowen. Other presenters who hit the black carpet included Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Dustin Lynch.

Clare brought along her fiance Brandon Robert Young. They shared a sweet smooch on their way inside!

“#cmtawards @rodarte #multitasking ☝️,” Rachel captioned the Instagram photo below.

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FYI: Rachel is wearing Rodarte and carrying an Edie Parker clutch. Jada is wearing Carolina Herrera.

10+ pictures inside of Rachel Bilson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Clare Bowen, and more at the event… More Here! »

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