Kathie Lee Gifford is it sounds as if nonetheless pleasant with Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein, in spite of the handfuls of allegations of sexual attack, abuse and harassment between them.
The “Today” display host unfolded about her dating with the lads ― and her personal struggles as a sufferer of sexual misconduct ― on Wednesday all through an interview with Andy Cohen on his “Radio Andy” display.
“I personally, since I got into this business as a teenage girl, I have been sexually harassed, I have been sexually abused and I have been date raped — and don’t tell me they’re all the same, because they are not,” Gifford mentioned. “They are not the same. Unless you’ve been through it and you can say it’s the same, then fine. If it was the same to you, OK — not the same to me.”
“I don’t want to throw everyone on the same manure pile,” she added. “Being a jerk is not the same as being a rapist — it just isn’t.”
Cohen then requested if Gifford if she had reached out to Cosby after she heard concerning the allegations towards him. She mentioned she had, and that she and the comic were buddies for years.
Gifford mentioned she also known as and left a message for Weinstein, every other buddy of 30 years, after allegations towards him surfaced.
“I just want people to know I don’t judge them,” Gifford mentioned. “I don’t like what they do, but God knows their hearts and there’s hope for them. And you can’t call yourself a friend when the first minute where there’s trouble, you run. That’s called a fair-weather friend, and that’s not a friend at all.”
Over 60 ladies have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct. He is about to visit trial April 2 on fees that he drugged and assaulted former Temple University ladies’s basketball director Andrea Constand. More than 80 ladies have accused Weinstein of harassment and attack.
“I hope people are not misunderstanding this,” Gifford instructed Cohen. “I am not saying that that kind of behavior is in any way acceptable. It isn’t, and it’s horrible. As a woman who’s experienced it, it’s awful.”
“But, can we at least look at each individual case and see it for what it is, and be merciful to people that are sorry for what they’ve done?” she requested. “If we stop having mercy as a part of our vocabulary, Andy, our world will completely die.”
When allegations first surfaced towards Cosby in 2014, Gifford admitted she had a difficult time coming to phrases with the inside track.
“He is kind, he is capable of great kindness, he’s capable of great generosity,” she mentioned at the “Today” display on the time. “I, along with so many Americans and people worldwide, don’t want these stories to be true.”
She then recalled being on excursion with the comic within the 1970s; she mentioned he attempted to hit on her however that she grew to become him down.
“But I’m not saying that the women are liars,” she mentioned. “From my own personal experience, it didn’t happen. A lot of married men come on to single women, but once I said, ‘No, absolutely not,’ he respected it.”
Just a couple of months in the past, Gifford confronted fashionable complaint for her reaction to NBC firing her former co-host, Matt Lauer, amid sexual misconduct allegations.
“I texted him this morning and I said, ‘I adore you,’” she mentioned. “No one is perfect in this world. We need now is forgiveness and mercy for one another.”