Steve Harvey
Steve Harvey is pictured posing for the camera at the NBCUniversal Summer TCA Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on Aug. 3, 2017. Getty Images/Matt Winkelmeyer

Steve Harvey has said that he remains loyal to his good friend, Bill Cosby, despite the latter’s legal battle. The 60-year-old television personality even shared what Cosby advised him to do when the 80-year-old started facing sexual assault charges.

Harvey recently had an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in which he openly talked about his relationship with his fellow comedian and mentor, Cosby. In spite of what Cosby is going through at the moment, Harvey said that he still considers the latter his friend and that he is still supportive of him.

Though “The Steve Harvey Show” host maintains that he is standing by Cosby, it’s actually been months since the two last spoke with each other. Nevertheless, this doesn’t change a thing for Harvey. “I haven’t talked to him in a few months, but when I’m your friend, I’m your friend,” he said.

Harvey also revealed that upon hearing the news about the sexual assault charges against Cosby, he reached out to the latter but the “The Cosby Show” star advised him to “stay away” for his own good.

“When I heard all the trouble he was in, I called and asked him how he was doing. You know what he says to me? ‘Hey man, I appreciate you calling, but just stay away from me right now. You don’t need none of this on you. You’re doing good. 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,” Harvey shared.

Harvey and Cosby appear to share a special bond. For one thing, Harvey disclosed that it was Cosby who helped his sons at Morehouse College. The “Little Big Shots” host also admitted that it was Cosby who taught him the ropes of show business. “He didn’t even know me [back then] and [yet] he taught me how to do this business,” Harvey said.

Cosby is currently facing a huge legal battle after more than 50 women came forward and accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting them. The embattled comedian has since denied all accusations. In June, a Pennsylvania judge declared a mistrial on Cosby’s sexual assault case. A retrial has been scheduled to begin on Nov. 6, as per People.

Apart from Harvey, other celebrities who have expressed their support for Cosby include his former co-stars Phylicia Rashad and Keshia Knight Pulliam. For Rashad, the accusations were a “destruction of a legacy.” On the other hand, Pulliam said that she believes one is innocent until proven guilty, according to Us Weekly.