Kathie Lee Gifford: Bill Cosby Tried to Kiss Me

Today Show Anchor Kathie Lee Gifford has been a staunch defender of Bill Cosby's character for weeks — but she did admit that scandal-plagued comic did try to kiss her once in the late '70s.

At the time of the incident, Gifford and her backup singers opened for Cosby on a comedy tour. She has been quick to stress that Cosby showed her and her backup singers "great kindness and generosity" over the two years they performed together..

On Tuesday's "Today" show broadcast, however, Gifford revealed a major "disclaimer." "I along with so many Americans and people around the world don't want these (accusations) to be true," Gifford said on "Today."

"I will admit towards the end of the tour the last time I saw him he did try to kiss me. "I said, 'No,' I said, 'Bill, we're friends.'

"He said, 'OK, good night," and I said, 'Good night.' I went into my room and he went into his room.'

H/T NY Daily News