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Jennifer Gimenez reacts to Kathie Lee Gifford’s addiction comments

By: Lindsay Cronin

Jennifer Gimenez arrives at Fashion's Night Out at Westfield Topanga on September 8, 2011 in Topanga, California.

Kathie Lee Gifford has recently came under fire after insinuating that the parents whose children are drug addicts are failures. Kathie recently talked to Family Circle Magazine and told them, “I’m not a perfect mom, but my kids haven’t been arrested, in rehab or kicked out of school, so I must be doing something right!”

Fans attacked her from all angles, TMZ reports, calling her “a thoughtless human being.” One reader even revealed their heartbreaking story. “I lost my baby at the age of 32 to a heroin overdose in Sept 2010. I am a doctor and worked hard my entire life to give her the best.”

Jennifer Gimenez, addiction specialist and star of Sober House, Celebrity Rehab, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and the upcoming Rehab, is speaking out. “I’m appalled by your comments regarding parents of drug addicts. Addiction is a disease,” Jenn tweeted.

Jenn would know. She has dealt with addiction, and surely wouldn’t credit it to her parents. In fact, her mother, along with her friend Brandi Glanville, was the one who forced her to get treatment. “Addiction is a disease not the parents fault! With all the awareness being brought re addition why not educate yourself,” she challenges.

In a poll conducted by TMZ, 70% of readers thought Kathie’s comments were way off base.

For more of Jennifer Gimenez tune in to Dr. Drew’s Rehab and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, both premiering this fall.

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