Kathie Lee Gifford and Parents of Drug Addicts Butt Heads

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By Katherine Weber, Christian Post Reporter
August 9, 2012|11:16 am

NBC talk show host Kathie Lee Gifford is receiving criticism for comments on parenting she made to Family Circle magazine that the parents of drug addicts have found offensive.

"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 recently told Family Circle magazine regarding her parenting style of her two children, Cassidy and Cody.

Gifford's comment sparked controversy among her fans, who are accusing her of taking a jab at the parents of drug addicts.

The "Today" show host's Facebook page is now being drowned in criticism for her comment, predominately from parents who have lost their children to addiction, with some calling her a "thoughtless human being" and others saying she is insensitive.

"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," one parent commented on her Facebook.

"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," the parent added.

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Another commenter wrote: "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."

This isn't the first public gaffe Gifford has made that has upset her viewers. In a May interview with Martin Short, Gifford asked how the actor's wife was doing, unaware that Short's wife had passed away a year and a half ago.

Gifford, 58, is most famous for her time as talk show host on the "Live With Regis and Kathie Lee" show, which she co-hosted with Regis Philbin.

Gifford now hosts the "Kathie Lee & Hoda" segment as a part of the "Today" show on NBC.

 

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