Phylicia Rashad is the ideal woman, thanks to her most known character, Clair Huxtable, as well as the way she carries herself in real life. Which is why many people—especially women—were taken aback when she seemed to have a cold shoulder towards the women that accused Bill Cosby in an interview with ShowBiz411’s columnist Roger Friedman.
However, in a new sit down with ABC News, Phylicia Rashad recants alleged quote “forget these women,” claiming she said nothing of the sorts.
“And that was a misquote—what I said is this is not about the women. This is about something else. This is about the obliteration of a legacy. That’s what I said.” She also added, “I am a woman. I would never say such a thing.”
Friedman—from ShowBiz 411—also clarified the misrepresentation of her quote:
“I did not misquote Phylicia Rashad. But she didn’t mean for it to be taken the way it was, and I should have punctuated. There was NEVER the meaning in ‘Forget those women’ that she was saying to actually forget or dismiss then. She meant, ‘those women aside’ – as in, she’s not talking about that, she’s talking about Cosby’s legacy being destroyed.”
He continued to cite that while he wasn’t asked to clarify the statement, he agreed it was misconstrued.
“It was conversational. Somehow this got twisted. I am really sorry if the way I presented it made it seem like either one of us was forgetting anyone—What Phylicia was doing was defending her friend and his legacy. That’s what she said, that’s what I wrote, I’m sorry if it caused her grief. And no one asked me to write this. I’m just saying it because I like and respect her.”
Press play to watch her interview in full.