Kathie Lee Gifford: ‘I Hate The Male-Bashing That’s Going On’ Right Now

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Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter
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Kathie Lee Gifford said she hates all the “male-bashing” going on in the world right now in the #MeToo era.

“Any good, decent, wonderful man’s welcome to be along for the ride, because I hate the male-bashing that’s going on in the world today,” the 64-year-old “Today” show host shared in an interview on “The Michelle Collins” show Thursday.

Kathie Lee Gifford (photo: YouTube Screenshot)

Kathie Lee Gifford (photo: YouTube Screenshot)

“There are a lot of wonderful men,” she added. “I hate this whole thing of, ‘I’m not going to be happy until there’s not a good man left standing.’ I hate that.”

The host argued that she doesn’t think others have been thinking that way, and Gifford responded, “I do.”

“Oh gosh, I sense it,” the “Today” show host shared. “I hate it, because there are a lot of great men, great men. And let’s celebrate them, let’s be grateful for them.”

“My daddy was one, my husband was one, my son is one,” she added. “And I hope to maybe someday meet another one. As long as he’s got his own teeth.”

“Be a great human being! It’s not gender-specific,” she continued. “Be a great human being. And don’t use sex in an evil way. God intended it to be … beautiful.”

On Wednesday, the talk show host made headlines when she asked for “mercy” for her pals Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein during an interview with Andy Cohen on the “Radio Andy” show.

“I don’t want to throw everyone on the same manure pile,” Gifford explained. “Being a jerk is not the same as being a rapist — it just isn’t.”

“I hope people are not misunderstanding this,” she added. “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 continued. “If we stop having mercy as a part of our vocabulary, Andy, our world will completely die.”