In the oil-rich kingdom, women must cover themselves from head-to-foot in a traditional burka, can’t drive, can’t vote and are inferior in the eyes of the law.
“I don’t know why it ‘s so hard to believe women. You go to Saudi Arabia and you need two women to testify against a man. Here you need 25,” he said during a Q&A session today (Jan. 21).
Leno made a salient point, although in the process he may have offended the Saudi government, which is a staunch ally of the United States.
Since the scandal broke, nearly 30 women have come forward. They claim Cosby drugged, and, in some cases, sexually assaulted them while they were unconscious.
The assaults occurred throughout Cosby’s five-decade plus career, including during his time on the hit-sitcom “The Cosby Show” in the ’80s and ’90s.
During that time, Cosby’s esteem grew exponentially for his work with educational groups and for serving as a role model for African-American youths. He also returned to school and received a doctorate in education.
Leno hosted Cosby as a guest on several occasions including a memorable appearance in 2013; Cosby also appeared as a guest with Jimmy Fallon last year.
But Leno left no doubt that he thought Cosby was guilty of assaulting the women. He made the comments while showing his support for newly minted late-night talk show host Larry Wilmore.
Wilmore was hosting his program, “The Nightly Show,” Tuesday (Jan. 20) and devoted the entire program to the Cosby scandal. “We’ll answer the question, ‘Did he do it?’ The answer will be ‘Yes!’” he said, cutting right to the chase.
“He says he’s innocent; protesters say he’s guilty. There’s a statute of limitation on the charges, but there’s no statute of limitations on my opinion,” he added. “And, I’m telling you that motherfu*ker did it!”
“Wilmore brings a different perspective” on late-night television, Leno said “We need to see more women, more African Americans.”
Leno also said he’s a big fan of “unfiltered news” presented by talk show hosts like Wilmore and Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart.
He called Stewart a newsman, even though Stewart prefers to be called a comedian who delivers the news.
Leno also noted with some irony that the Cosby scandal blew up because comedian Hannibal Buress made the long-standing charges part of his routine during a stand-up gig in Philadelphia.
A video of his performance went viral causing the women to come forward with eerily similar stories about run-ins with Cosby.
Check out the video below. Leno’s comments come after the 15-minute mark. Let us know your thoughts and be sure to follow IM on Twitter for the latest celebrity news.