TV talk turns ugly. Piers Morgan sounded off on the ongoing Bill Cosby sexual assault scandal on the Thursday, Jan. 8 episode of The Meredith Vieira Show.
The Celebrity Apprentice winner, 49, spoke about Phylicia Rashad‘s recent comments in which she defended her former on-screen husband against rape allegations.
“How many [women] have there been?” the former CNN host asked Vieira. “Twenty-five? 30? All saying exactly the same thing. All describing a very similar pattern of drug and sex related abuse by one of America’s biggest stars and I don’t think it’s conscionable for anyone right now to be employing Bill Cosby while these allegations remain unresolved. He’s going on tour.” (Indeed, Cosby got a standing ovation at his first performance in Canada since November on Jan. 7.)
He continued railing against Rashad. “The trashing of these women now by people, like this lady, who was his on-screen wife, I find it pretty reprehensible,” Morgan remarked. “She’s entitled to [defend him] and I’m entitled to find that reprehensible.”
During the interview, former Today show host Vieira noted: “I think there is a certain number of people who feel in this country you are innocent until proven guilty and I believe in that. I also, know where there is smoke there is often fire.”
“Not just smoke here,” Morgan chimed in. “We have a chimney and every day that goes by. Most of these women have no connection to each other and yet they are describing exactly the same pattern of abuse and when that happens, most police will tell you, it’s not just smoke without fire, there has been abuse.”
Vieira went on to caution Morgan about making bold statements since it has yet to be proven.
“I don’t feel the need to be careful,” Morgan retorted. “I think if Bill Cosby, who is America’s dad, this was his image. This is a man who lectured his own black community in America many times about their behavior, young black men in America about their behavior towards women. He is now have been leveled these incredibly serious charges. Go to camera, look that camera down, talk to America in the way you have many times before and go through these charges.”
Morgan speculated that Cosby was most likely taking legal advice by refusing to speak about the allegations made by the women, including ’80s supermodels Janice Dickinson and Beverly Johnson.