The former host of The Tonight Show weighs in on the sexual assault allegations against Cosby

By Lynette Rice
Updated January 21, 2015 04:35 PM
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Jay Leno is speaking out about the scandal surrounding his longtime former NBC colleague Bill Cosby, who continues to be dogged by allegations of sexual assault.

The 64-year-old comedian and former host of The Tonight Show told TV executives Wednesday that he doesn’t understand why “it’s so hard to believe women.”

“You to go Saudi Arabia and you need two women to testify against a man,” Leno said at the annual National Association of Television Program Executives convention, Variety reports. “Here you need 25.”

More than 30 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault. The former Cosby Show star has denied the allegations.

Leno also spoke about how the scandal emerged after a viral video surfaced featuring comedian Hannibal Buress mocking Cosby.

Buress joked, “You rape women, Bill Cosby.”

Buress “made a flat-out statement that reverberated around the world,” Leno said. “On any other media that would have been edited. People are getting news unfiltered now.”

Leno’s comments come after Larry Wilmore used the second night of his new Comedy Central show to address the Cosby allegations.

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