August 9th, 2012 by faye
TV host Kathie Lee Gifford has been slammed by a group of angry fans after she strongly implied that parents of drug addicts were nothing but “failures.”
According to reports, it all started when 58-year-old Kathie Lee Gifford spoke to Family Circle magazine during an interview and said, “I’m not a perfect mom, but my kids haven’t been arrested, in rehab or kicked out of school, so I must be doing something right!”
Gifford’s statement clearly struck a nerve and angered people who have experienced addiction in the family. As such, fans of the talk show host flocked to her Facebook page to express their disgust about her comments regarding the parents of drug addicts.
Among the comments were, “Well Kathy, here is a pic of my little brother who we lost at the age of 33 yrs old due to a DISEASE called DRUG ADDICTION … I find it funny we were both raised by the same woman called MOM … I am NOT an ADDICT and NEVER was … Poor parenting?? Gimme a break.”
“Shame on you Kathie Lee Gifford, shame on you. You are a thoughtless human being.”
“I raised one daughter who graduated with two majors and has been very successful.” I have raised another daughter who got involved with drugs and spent the last year in a drug rehab.”
“Kathy do you know the first thing they teach you in family counseling for loved ones of addicts? The three C’s; you DIDN’T cause it, you CAN’T cure it, and you CAN’T control it.”
“Poor parenting?? God bless you and your great parenting skills you suck at being educated on addiction.”
“I’m glad you never had to face any of your babies drowning in a disease they could not be cured from. I lost my baby at the age of 32 to a heroin overdose in Sept 2010. I am a doctor and worked hard my entire life to give her the best.”
“Parents are not always to blame for their children’s successes or failures. Until you’ve walked in the shoes of parents of addicts, you need to keep your opinions to yourself or learn a little bit about the disease.”
Kathie Lee Gifford, a television host, singer, songwriter and actress, is best known for her 15-year run on the talk show called “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee,” (1985–2000) which she co-hosted with Regis Philbin. Gifford has received 11 Daytime Emmy nominations and won her first Daytime Emmy in 2010 as part of “The Today Show” team.
Before her long stint in talk shows, her first ever TV exposure was that of Tom Kennedy’s singer/sidekick on “Name That Tune,” which ran from 1974-1978. On April 7, 2008, Gifford began co-hosting the fourth hour of NBC’s “Today Show,” together with Hoda Kotb.