Steve Harvey is loyal to Bill Cosby: 'When I'm your friend, I'm your friend'

Upon hearing that Bill Cosby had been accused of multiple drug-assisted sexual assaults against women, Steve Harvey picked up the phone.

"When I heard all the trouble he was in, I called and asked him how he was doing," Harvey told The Hollywood Reporter. "You know what he says to be? 'Hey man, I appreciate you calling, but just stay away from me right now. You don't need none of this on you. 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."

Although Harvey says he hasn't talked to Cosby in "a few months," "when I'm your friend, I'm your friend," he said. "Bill Cosby helped my sons at Morehouse [College], and he taught me how to do this business. He didn't even know me and taught me how to do this business."

Harvey did not elaborate in the interview about the grave allegations against Cosby, whose court case ended (for now) in a mistrial in June. More than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexually abusing or raping them over the past five decades.

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Bill Cosby departs Montgomery County Courthouse after the fifth day of the sexual assault trail in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on June 9, 2017. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - JUNE 12: Camille Cosby enters the courtroom for the sexual assault trial of her husband, entertainer Bill Cosby at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 12, 2017 in in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A former Temple University employee alleges that the entertainer drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. More than 40 women have accused the 79-year-old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by David Maialetti-Pool/Getty Images)
Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for the fifth day of the sexual assault trail in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on June 9, 2017. For the second day the actor and comedian is accompanied by Joe Tory. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Artist Bird Milliken protests as Bill Cosby departs after the fourth day of the sexual assault trial against him, at Montgomery County Court House, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on June 8, 2017. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - JUNE 8: Attorney Gloria Allred walks out of the courtroom during a break in the sexual assault trial of actor Bill Cosby at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 8, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A former Temple University employee alleges that the entertainer drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. More than 40 women have accused the 79-year-old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez-Pool/Getty Images)
Attorney Gloria Allred speaks to media during a break on the fourth day of the Bill Cosby sexual Assault trial in Morristown, PA, on June 8, 2017. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - JUNE 7: Bill Cosby walks outside the courtroom during a break on the third day of his sexual assault trial in the Montgomery County Courthouse June 7, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A former Temple University employee alleges that the entertainer drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. More than 40 women have accused the 79-year-old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - JUNE 8: Actor Bill Cosby (R) leaves the courtroom with aide Andrew Wyatt for lunch break in Cosby's trial on sexual assault charges at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 8, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A former Temple University employee alleges that the entertainer drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. More than 40 women have accused the 79-year-old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez-Pool/Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - JUNE 7: Attorney Gloria Allred arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse on the third day of the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial June 7, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A former Temple University employee alleges that the entertainer drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. More than 40 women have accused the 79-year-old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - JUNE 7: Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse on the third day of Cosby's sexual assault trial June 7, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A former Temple University employee alleges that the entertainer drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. More than 40 women have accused the 79 year old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - JUNE 7: Actor Bill Cosby departs for the day after his trial on sexual assault charges at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 7, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A former Temple University employee alleges that the entertainer drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. More than 40 women have accused the 79-year-old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by Ed Hille-Pool/Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - JUNE 7: Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse on the third day of Cosby's sexual assault trial June 7, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A former Temple University employee alleges that the entertainer drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. More than 40 women have accused the 79 year old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
Cosby Survivor Lili Bernard and supporter Carolin Heldman outside the Cosby sexual assault trial at Montgomery County Courthouse, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on June 5, 2017. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - JUNE 05: Criminal defense attorney Angela Agrusa arrives to the first day of Bill Cosby court trial at Montgomery County Courthouse on June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)
Actor Bill Cosby departs after the first day of the sexual assault trial against him, at Montgomery County Courthouse, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on June 5, 2017. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - JUNE 5: Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse after the opening day of the sexual assault trial June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A former Temple University employee alleges that the entertainer drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. More than 40 women have accused the 79 year old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - JUNE 5: Actor Bill Cosby (C) arrives with actress Keshia Knight Pulliam (R) and spokesman Andrew Wyatt for Cosby's trial on sexual assault charges at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania. A former Temple University employee alleges that the entertainer drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. More than 40 women have accused the 79 year old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by David Maialetti-Pool/Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA - JUNE 05: Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam is seen leaving the first day of Bill Cosby trial on June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)
NORRISTOWN, PA - JUNE 5: Bill Cosby arrives with actress Keshia Knight Pulliam (R) at the Montgomery County Courthouse before the opening of the sexual assault trial June 5, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A former Temple University employee alleges that the entertainer drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. More than 40 women have accused the 79 year old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
Attorney Gloria Allred arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for the start day of the sexual assault Trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on June 5, 2017. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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Despite avoiding this topic, Harvey did, however, continue to weigh in on Cosby -- or, rather, Bill Huxtable, who was "a guy that was that likable on TV," Harvey said, adding that he stands by a past assertion that Hollywood is more racist than America itself.

"'Cause they don't get it," Harvey explained. "And it's not that they're racist. It's that they, the people who greenlight shows, sit in an office in Beverly Hills, Burbank, Studio City, and they make decisions about America and none of them live there. And they've got to put everything in a category. 'Blacks would like this. This is a black show.'"

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Steve Harvey during 'Original Kings of Comedy' Los Angeles Premiere at Paramount Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
6th February 2000: Headshot of American actor and comedian Steve Harvey at the American Comedy Awards, Shrine Exposition Center, Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chris Bergman/Fotos International/Getty Images)
Steve Harvey won Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Comedy Series and Entertainer of the Year at the 32nd NAACP Image Awards at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, Ca. 3/3/01. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images).
Hosts Steve Harvey and Cedric 'The Entertainer' share a laugh during the 1st Annual BET Awards June 19, 2001 at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)
Steve Harvey & Wife during 'The Score' Los Angeles Premiere at Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
395834 03: Comedian Steve Harvey performs at The Comedy Garden October 13, 2001 at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by George De Sota/Getty Images)
Co-hosts Steve Harvey and Cedric 'The Entertainer' at the 2nd Annual BET Awards nominations press conference held at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California, May 14, 2002. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
Host Steve Harvey performs during a taping of BET's 2nd Annual Celebration of Gospel on January 26, 2002 at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles. The show is scheduled to air at 9PM EST on February 19, 2002 on the BET Network. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
Steve Harvey at the 15th Essence Awards held at the Universal Amphitheatre in Irvine, Ca., May 31, 2002. (photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect/Fox)
Host Steve Harvey during 2003 Essence Awards - Show at The Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage for Essence Entertainment)
Steve Harvey presents. during The 17th Annual American Cinematheque Award Honoring Denzel Washington - Show and Backstage at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 23: Comeidan Steve Harvey attends the 3rd Annual Black Entertainement Telelvision Awards, Smirnoff Ice Triple Black Lounge, where Distinctive Assets gave gifts to the artists and celebrites attending the event at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel complex in Hollywood on June 23, 2003 Hollywood, California.(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JULY 7: Actor Steve Harvey speaks at Earth, Wind & Fire's induction into the Hollywood RockWalk of Fame at Guitar Center July 7, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)
Steve Harvey during The Comedy Store Hosts Celebrity Fundraiser for the Heartfelt Foundation - Show at The Comedy Store in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)
Reba McEntire and Steve Harvey (Photo by KMazur/WireImage for The WB Network)
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 29: Actor/Comedian Steve Harvey presents on stage at the 2004 Black Entertainment Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on June 29, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Steve Harvey, Lisa Leslie and Magic Johnson during Magic Johnson's 2004 Celebrity and All-Star Game at The Forum in Inglewood, California, United States. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: (L-R) Actor Tracee Ellis Ross and comedian Steve Harvey perform during the rehearsals for the first-ever BET Comedy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Center Auditorium on September 27, 2004 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Mo'Nique and Steve Harvey during 6th Annual BET Awards - Backstage and Audience at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 23: Actor Steve Harvey attends a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of J&R Express in Macy's Herald Square on August 23, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
Steve Harvey attends Lincoln After Dark at the Contemporary Arts Center on July 4, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Brian McKnight and Steve Harvey attend Lincoln After Dark at the Contemporary Arts Center on July 4, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 17: Actor/comedian Steve Harvey speaks at the launch party for the new Steve Harvey Morning Show at The Conga Room at L.A. Live on August 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dr. Billy Ingram/WireImage)
ATLANTA - AUGUST 21: Comedians Steve Harvey and Monique attend Carol's Daughter Atlanta store opening charity benefit for the Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation For the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN) at Lenox Square Mall on August 21, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 10: Marjorie Harvey and comedian Steve Harvey attend the 2010 Soul Train Awards at the Cobb Energy Center on November 10, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)
(L-R) Comedian Steve Harvey and Marjorie Harvey attend 'The Next R&b Star' Launch Party at Woodruff Arts Center on March 20, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 30: Actress LisaRaye McCoy (2nd-R) star of TV One reality show 'LisaRaye: The Real McCoy' and debuting the new season April 7 and new VH1 series 'Single Ladies' premiering June 6, stands with (L-R) Carla Ferrell, Steve Harvey, Shirley Strawberry and Thomas Miles during a photo opportunity on the set of the Steve Harvey Morning Show on March 30, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. The segment will air on the radio on Wednesday, April 6 at 8:29am and will be televised on The Steve Harvey Project Tuesday, April 12, at 9:00pm on Centric. (Photo by Ben Rose/WireImage for TV One)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Comedian Steve Harvey and Marjorie Harvey attend the 2nd annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala at Cipriani, Wall Street on April 4, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for The Steve Harvey Foundation)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Wynton Harvey, Karli Harvey, Morgan Harvey, Marjorie Harvey, comedian Steve Harvey, Lori Harvey, Brandi Harvey and Jason Harvey attend the 2nd annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala at Cipriani, Wall Street on April 4, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for The Steve Harvey Foundation)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: Humanitarian Award Recipient Steve Harvey arrives at the BET Awards '11 held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 09: Steve Harvey performs during the 2011 Comedy Gospel Tour at Bridgestone Arena on April 9, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Beth Gwinn/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 13: Host Steve Harvey speaks onstage during the ninth annual Ford Hoodie Awards at the Mandalay Bay Events Center August 13, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Hoodie Awards)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 11: (L-R) Susan L. Taylor, Steve Harvey and Marjorie Harvey attend The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation Girls Who Rule The World Mid-Year Recap on September 11, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images for Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation)
ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 12: Steve Harvey looks on during the game between the Miami Heat and the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 12, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 16: Host Steve Harvey speaks during BET's Celebration of Gospel at the Orpheum Theatre on March 16, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 03: (L-R) Steve Harvey and wife Marjorie Harvey attend Atlanta Premiere of 'Think Like a Man' at Regal Atlantic Station on April 3, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 617 -- Pictured: (l-r) Steve Harvey, Jimmy Fallon -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: TV personality Steve Harvey and wife Marjorie Harvey attend the 'Think Like a Man' screening at the AMC Empire 25 theater on April 4, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 04: TV /Radio personality Steve Harvey and wife Marjorie Harvey walk the blue carpet at the 10th Annual Ford Hoodie Awards at MGM Garden Arena on August 4, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 13: Comedian Steve Harvey Honored With Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on May 13, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 13: Samuel L. Jackson (L) and Steve Harvey attend the ceremony honoring Steve Harvey with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held on May 13, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0016 -- Pictured: (l-r) Steve Harvey during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on March 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Steve Harvey appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
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THE STEVE HARVEY SHOW -- Episode 2146 -- Pictured: Steve Harvey and 'Men of the Strip' dancers -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Thomas Roberts guest co-hosts; Steve Harvey and Marcia Gay Harden are guests today, Monday, March 10, 2014 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) STEVE HARVEY, SHERRI SHEPHERD, WHOOPI GOLDBERG
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 09: Steve Harvey attends the 2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards Hosted By Steve Harvey at the Phillips Arena on August 9, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images for Ford Neighborhood Awards)
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 09: Steve Harvey and Marjorie Harvey attend the 2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards at Philips Arena on August 9, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: Charissa Thompson (L) interviews Steve Harvey during his visit to 'Extra' at their New York studios at H&M in Times Square on February 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)
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