The hosts of “The View” were aware of their responsibility to discuss allegations of rape against actor Bill Cosby on Monday’s show. But it was also clear that they felt really, really uncomfortable doing so.
“I have a lot of questions for the lady, maybe she’ll come on,” Whoopi Goldberg said of actress Barbara Bowman, one of Cosby’s accusers who re-upped her account of Cosby’s alleged sexual abuse in recent days.
Goldberg then wondered why Bowman never went to the police or a hospital after the alleged encounters.
“I hope I hope there is justice for this lady, I hope somebody gets to the bottom of this,” she said. “But I’m going to reserve my judgment because I have a lot of questions, as I said. It’s crazy, but I have a lot of questions. Cause I know we all have friends who have been through this. It’s very awkward.”
Nicolle Wallace agreed.
“I sort of hate being part of the conversation about these stories. It makes me sweat,” Wallace ventured. “I don’t know what the truth is, but either more than a dozen women were raped by a very powerful famous man with the means to brush this under the rug or they’re lying about a man who’s life is being destroyed. So either way, this is devastating.”
“Right, and when you are a famous person, and you are friends with a famous person who gets accused, it’s an awkward position to be in, especially if you’re on a show talking about current events,” Rosie O’Donnell added.
Cosby is not commenting on the allegations, according to his lawyer.
Watch below, clipped via Mediaite: