Jan 16, 2012 at 14:49:23
“But don't you understand , he didn't say anything sexist- Just that he was uncomfortable with women doing gross things because he was from an old fashioned era where women were put on a pedestal. When he clarified that he did talk about funny women- Lucille, Whoopi etc.
Here is the transcript of the Larry King interview - go below about half way down where he discussed those comments.
Jan 14, 2012 at 12:21:51
“What Jerry really said-
KING: I would be remiss if I did not ask -- what went on when you criticized women in comedy?
LEWIS: Nothing went on. I didn't do that.
KING: What happened? Well, here's what they -- "I don't think women are funny," you said.
LEWIS: I never said that.
KING: That was a misquote?
LEWIS: Absolutely. Do you want to run the tape?
LEWIS: I have it, and I said, "Some women comedians make me uncomfortable," because a man comedian can do anything he wants and I'm not offended by it. But we're talking about a God-given miracle who produces a child. I have a difficult time seeing her do this on stage
KING: So you are only criticizing women when they do unwomanly things. You weren't criticizing Whoopi Goldberg or
LEWIS: No, you want to talk about - talk about Lucille Ball, Whoopi Goldberg, you talk about
LEWIS: I got Phyllis Diller on the telethon this year. I mean, there's nobody better in the business than Phyllis. And anyone that would have made that statement should have been destroyed. I said very clearly -- and it is on the tape in the Martin Short interview -- some comedians that are females make me uncomfortable. Why? Because I'm mid-Victorian, old-fashioned. And I just think -- I still open doors for ladies. I still move a seat under for a lady. And my wife gets the kind of glorious attention that a lady is entitled to. OK?”
Mattie on Jan 14, 2012 at 17:14:32
“Thanks for that, it's nice to see what he really said. Fake outrage is never a good thing. Fake outrage over a 14 year old comment is just ridiculous, and it makes this guy look petty and stupid.”
Mister Serene on Jan 14, 2012 at 13:37:19
“In other words, Apatow wrongly paraphrased an interview Jerry Lewis gave more than a decade ago. Seems he didn't even quote his out of context. Not uncommon in today's shoot from the hip society.”