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Kathie Lee Gifford

RIPPED by Fans for

Dissing Parents of Druggies

8/8/2012 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Kathie Lee Gifford
is being SKEWERED by hordes of angry fans as we speak ... one even calling her a "thoughtless human being" -- after the TV personality strongly implied that parents of drug addicts were FAILURES.

Kathie recently spoke to Family Circle magazine -- and in the interview, she 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!"

The implication -- parents of kids who HAVE been arrested or struggled with drug addictions are NOT doing something right.

This didn't sit too well with many of Kathie's fans -- who have since taken to the talk show host's Facebook page to express their disgust.

Among the comments -- "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."

"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."

So we gotta ask ...


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So by that logic we can say that Frank screwed around on her because she’s a ****ty wife who is bad in bed? What a moron.

756 days ago


So none of Kathie Lee's kids have addiction problems. Certainly an impressive achievement for a woman who starts drinking around 10 in the morning.

756 days ago


Ummm, no people, addiction is not a disease. Cancer is a disease, so is Parkinson's. You do not choose to get cancer, you choose to light the crack pipe. I am addicted to cigarettes, I choose to smoke, I do not have a disease. End of story.

756 days ago


Don't spit in the air Kathie Lee. I guess this aging IDIOT has already forgotten about the affair her husband was having. Your kids are young and you NEVER know what they are doing when they are not around you. Why don't you just shut up and retire along with your geriatric husband!! POS

756 days ago

Captain Spank    

That's fine. Let's follow her logic a bit. Since her husband cheated on her, then she must have been a failure as a wife.

756 days ago


Her kids were raised by nannies, so any good should be credited to them. Kathy Lee has always been an ass! Self-centered, awkward socially, saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. It's a miracle that she's had a career in television.

Oh, and Kathie Lee, alcohol is a drug honey!

756 days ago

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

First off... Drug Addiction is not a Disease. It's a Condition. It's more influenced by a person's Social Circle rather than a person's parent. Change their social circle and friends and I assure you you'll change their condition after a given time with positive pressure and their willingness to change them. I know of two people. Both brothers and both were addicts. One decided to quit hanging around his usual friends while the other did not. One's still an addict and refuses to deny it's because of who he hangs with and the other has been sober for 4yrs now. Both hung with the same people.

756 days ago


Kathie Lee Gifford -- KARMA'S A REAL MUTHA!!! I've known some "GREAT PARENTS" who had children who were just determined to "TRASH THEIR LIVES". It had nothing to do with their upbringing, they made their own "PERSONAL CHOICES"!!! The same can be said for "VERY RESPONSIBLE ADULTS" who had "CRAPPY AZZ" PARENTS!!! Again, it's a matter of "PERSONAL CHOICE"!!! Life's a funny thing, no one can predict what sort of "CURVE BALLS" it's going to throw you. The next one just might KNOCK YOU ON YOUR "CALLOUS", "JUDGMENTAL" AZZ!!!

756 days ago


Drug addiction isn't a disease anymore than smoking or overeating are diseases - they're choices. You likely need medical assistance to help with the withdrawal but that doesn't make it a disease. A disease is something that cannot be ended through the force of sheer will, like MS, Huntington's, Parkinson's, etc.

756 days ago

really! really?    

It's not that her comment was insulting to parents of children with drug issues. It's her taking credit for her children's good choices. With a raging lush as a mother, of course her kids steer clear of drugs/ alcohol. They've seen the ugliness enough to learn from it.

756 days ago


Well let's see Kathie, you must be a terrible lover since your husband cheated on you, i'm sure it was more than 1 time. You parent's are terrible, because you show America everyday that you are a worthless drunk on T.V. Your children are now on T.V. and magazines because of your influence with NBC (horrible network). If it wasn't for your interference, they would just be sitting around! You are a terrible parent because you never know when to Shut UP!

756 days ago


Just like she bragged about her perfect marriage, with her perfect Husband, until he cheated on her dumb ass, with an airline Stewardess. There she goes with her mouth, again. Parents can't keep an eye on their kids 100% of the time. So, Kathy, shut your pie hole and quit trying to convince everyone that you have the perfect family and a perfect life. If you're family was so perfect your husband wouldn't have strayed.

756 days ago


NBC should be ashamed of themselves. They should of fired this worthless talent Kathie Lee before they got rid of Ann Curry! Boycott NBC for keeping this moron on the air and the unfair firing of Ann!!!

Just remember Kathie, Karma always comes back to get you!!!!

756 days ago


By this rasoning, she must have been a lousy woman and wife. Her husband cheated on her. I think in all of her face lifting, they lifted her brain right out of her head. I hope to God she NEVER has to deal with a child that becomes a prisoner to drugs. The pain makes a cheating husband (we all saw HER public pain) look like a cake walk.

756 days ago


Kathie didn't imply anything, she simply made a statement reflecting what's in most good mom's thoughts, going over a check list making sure her kids aren't into harmful things.

756 days ago
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