Kathie Lee Gifford to Parents of Drug Addicts: You're FAILURES!

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Kathie Lee Gifford is facing some heavy criticism from fans after strongly implying to Family Circle magazine that parents of drug addicts are failures.

The quote in question, from her recent interview:

"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!"

Her implication, intentionally are not, is that the parents of kids who have been arrested, in rehab or kicked out of school are not doing it right.

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Many of Kathie Lee Gifford's fans are, predictably, far from pleased and telling her off as a result, posting blistering rebukes on her Facebook page.

"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," wrote one fan.

"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."

Another went right after the talk show host, saying: "Shame on you Kathie Lee Gifford, shame on you. You are a thoughtless human being."

"You know the first thing they teach in 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?? I'm glad you never had to face any of your babies drowning in a disease they could not be cured from."

And on and on and on. Kathie Lee - who also made news recently for asking Martin Short about his late wife - may not have meant to suggest this about all parents of troubled children, but she nonetheless did, and she's hearing about it.

What do you think of Gifford's controversial comments?

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i KNOW MANY FAMILIES THAT SPENT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN HELP FOR THEIR CHILD. WHAT KATHY LEE STATED IS PISS POUR. SHE HAS ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA OF WHAT IT TAKES WHEN A CHILD IS AN ADDICT.

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I never really cared for Kathy Lee but I feel very sorry for her now.
She needs to educate herself on this horrific disease and what it does to perfectly normal families and parents.
Kathy should watch the video Chalk Talk with Father martin.
Kathy should learn about the 3 "C"
Kathy should go to an Alanon Meeting and educate herself!!!!!! Kathy there is plenty of literture about addicts out there educate yourself before you insert your foot in your mouth again!!!

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This is sad. Parents can do everything in their power to make sure their child stays on the right path. No Mom or Dad wants their child to become a drug addict. But it does happen and it's a disease. Not anything a parent does wrong!!! Ignorant plain and simple!!!!

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Kathy Lee has been an annoyance to all for many years now. How she is still on TV is amazing to me. What idiot would say something like this.?
It has nothng to do with the parents.
If your parents are a gay couple will you be gay.?
Kathy Lee is and has always been a simpleton.
She knows nothing but where to get more plastic surgery and I think now that has run it's course.

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The fact that her husband cheated is NOT a reflection on her whatsoever. If she cheated would it be his fault??? So stupid.

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She is nothing but an IGNORANT piece of crap. WHo the hell is Kathie Lee Gifford to pass judgement on anyone for that matter? My husband is an ex drug-addict and is presently on Methadone, and he is doing wonderful for the past 7 years. If it weren't for this Methadone, and the wonderful people who help drug addicts my husband would be dead today. I cannot stand self-rightgeous people such as Mrs. Gifford. She just happened to be lucky that her kids aren't addicts, and IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT THE PARENTS ARE FAILURES. HOW DARE SHE MAKE SUCH A HORRIBLE DISGUSTING REMARK. I JUST HOPE ONE DAY IT NEVER HAPPENS IN HER FAMILY, BECAUSE IF IT DOES HAPPEN, THEN SHE WILL UNDERSTAND, AND SHE SHOULD SHUT UP HER BIG FAT UGLY DISGUSTING MOUTH.

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That is just pathetic!! and @Lauren, you may be a recovering alcoholic, but you are wayyyyyyyyy off! Every time you blame your parents for YOUR actions, that's called an 'excuse'! We are all accountable for our own actions. No one put that bottle to your lips, and no one puts drugs in their kids mouths, arms, or nose. (Well I would hope not) My parents faults did not influence me to take a 'dark' road, nor have my short comings caused my son to drink or do drugs. We all have a brain and are given choices each day...and whatever choices we make, it's our decision, not our parents! Stop with the cop outs and excuses and put the blame where it goes!!! On yourself!! Good grief this world has gone nuts!!

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as part of my degree curriculum, addictions was part of the course, just curious lauren as to where you get your information from? I'm speaking in terms of material, articles or books that support yours and kathy lee's claim. if I read substantial claims regarding the same views you express, I could possibly see your point.

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I am an addict of alcohol and have studied alcohol and drug addiction for years...I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH KATHY LEE-GOOD FOR HER!!
Addiction is about the insecurities, self doubt and fear that we face from how we interpret our parents treatment of us and how they expressed love and attention...the people who wrote in and vehemently disagreed with Kathy Lee are ignorant!!!!

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Kathie Lee you are a spoiled ignorant fool. You have no idea what it is like to fight to get your child back from addiction. I will never watch anything involving your name. You should be ashamed of yourself. Your husband cheated on you. I guess that means you were a failure as a wife. God it must be nice in your deluded little world of rose colored glasses and endless gallons of wine.