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Jay Leno Speaks Out Against Bill Cosby, Lack of Diversity in Late-Night

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Kaitlin Thomas

He may no longer have his own late-night forum in which to express his views, but Jay Leno still has something to say about Bill Cosby.

The former host of The Tonight Show offered his opinion during a Q&A session held Wednesday at this year's National Association of Television Program Executives conference in Miami. "I don't know why it's so hard to believe women," he told fellow comedian Tom Papa, who moderated the event. "You go to Saudi Arabia and you need two women to testify against a man. Here you need 25."

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Leno also said that "this whole Cosby thing" wouldn't have come about without comedian Hannibal Buress, who called Cosby a rapist during a stand-up performance in October (video of Buress' act quickly went viral). "[He] 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 did have some kind words for comedian Larry Wilmore, who used the second episode of his new Comedy Central series, The Nightly Show, to discuss the allegations against Cosby. Leno called Wilmore's show "terrific" and praised it for bringing a different perspective to late night.

"We need to see more women, more African Americans," he said, also noting that now is a good time for female comics and that he's disappointed there isn't more diversity in late-night comedy.

You can watch the full Q&A with Leno below: