Bill Cosby Once Told Steve Harvey to ‘Stay Away’ From Him

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Despite the 80-year-old comic icon Billy Cosby’s legal troubles, other comedians aren’t holding back when it comes to their past experiences with him. Recently, Steve Harvey told The Hollywood Reporter a story about Cosby that is pretty much the perfect late-night cocktail anecdote.

“I haven’t talked to him in a few months, but when I’m your friend, I’m your friend,” he said about Bill, “and Bill Cosby helped my sons at Morehouse [College], and he taught me how to do this business. He didn’t even know me and he taught me how to do this business.”

He continued: “When I heard all the trouble he was in, I called and asked him how he was doing. You know what he says to me? ‘Hey man, I appreciate you calling, but just stay away from me right now. You don’t need none of this on you. You’re doing good. Whatever happens to me, happens to me, but don’t you get none of this on you.” That’s an amazing thing for a guy to say.”

Steve also said he helped Warren Beaty after his Oscar mixup fiasco. “[Beatty] was shell-shocked. He’s old Hollywood. He don’t do negativity. Social media is not in his world. He couldn’t believe the backlash,” he explained. “So I go, ‘Come here, boy. I can get you through this thing. Matter of fact, if you handle it right, you can get a Super Bowl commercial out the deal like I did. And they’ll pay you enough money where you’ll go and say the wrong damn movie next year, too.’”

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