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Q Who in that family is the voice of reason? Phylicia Rashad, who was considered an excellent maternal role model on “The Cosby Show,” was asked about the current crop of TV moms, from Kris Jenner to Mama June to the Real Housewives, when she was on with talk show host Steve Harvey. Rashad said, “I don’t know mothers who act like that. Do I really want to sit here and watch that? Is this what I want to do with the moments of this life?”
A Well, Kris is a little extreme, a little out there sometimes. But you know what? She is a fun person. She’s definitely extreme. She allows her kids to do some things probably a lot of parents wouldn’t. But who are we to judge?
Q What kinds of things does she let her kids do that you think most parents wouldn’t?
A Just the show in and of itself. There are some things on it, for me when I watch, I want to reach through the screen and say “What are you doing?” [while wrapping fingers around a neck]. I just turn the channel instead.
Q Do you think Khloe is really a Kardashian?
A I do, just because her and her father, [the late] Robert Kardashian, were so incredibly close. Do I know for sure? No, I don’t. But even if he’s not her biological father, he’s the one [who] raised her and loved her. That’s all that really matters.
Q Who’s your favorite of television’s Super Nannies?
A I like Deborah Tillman a lot. I think she’s great.
Q What would you want in a nanny for your kids?
A Someone who loves them almost as much as I did, who would care for them like I would when I’m gone; to know they are in good hands; trustworthy, honest, funny and flexible.
Interviews are edited. C.J. can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and seen on Fox 9’s “Buzz.”