MIAMI – No topics are off limits for former Tonight Show host Jay Leno, including the rape allegations against comedian Bill Cosby.
“I don’t know why it’s so hard to believe women,” Leno said to comedian Tom Papa, who moderated the Q&A session at the NATPE conference on Wednesday. “You go to Saudi Arabia, you need two women to testify against a man. Here you need 25.”
Leno also mentioned that Hannibal Buress’ viral video brought Cosby’s rape allegations to the limelight. In the interview, he said that was an example of how people get their news unfiltered these days, in which he thought was a good thing.
“He’s a stand-up comedian and he made a flat-out statement that reverberated around the world,” he said. “If that had been on television, it would have been edited. But because somebody would put the news out raw and unfiltered — which I think is fantastic — it was a great thing.”