Last year, “The Talk” co-host Amanda Kloots found herself both a widow and single mother. Her husband actor and “Blue Bloods” star Nick Cordero passed away. Now Kloots is firing back at critics who don’t think she grieved enough.
People criticized “The Talk” co-host for continuing to work in the wake of her husband’s death. Kloots also wrote a book about her grief called “Live Your Life: My Story of Loving and Losing Nick Cordero” as well.
“Being a woman, people expect you to wear black every day for a year and cry and mourn that person,” she said, via Pop Culture. “You don’t have to wear black and stay at home to mourn. Trust me, I mourn every single day. I’ve cried almost every single day.”
“The Talk” co-host believed the criticism was sexist in nature and believed people would have treated her differently if she was a man.
“I hate to say it, but I do think that there is a stereotype of a woman that you can’t smile two weeks after your husband passed. God forbid you’re working out or trying to maintain your business,” Kloots said. And if she was a man? “‘Wow, look at him. He’s so strong. He’s still working every day providing for his family.’ But if it’s a woman, it is a little bit looked at differently.”
‘The Talk’ Co-Host’s Husband Passed Away
“The Talk” co-host’s husband passed away last July. Like many people last year, Nick Cordero passed away as a result of complications from the COVID-19 virus. The actor was known for his Broadway work but also for guest-starring on both “Blue Bloods” and “Law & Order: SVU.”
Cordero lost his right leg as a result of a blood clot from the virus. COVID-19 also damaged lungs beyond repair, and he passed away on July 5th.
“When Nick passed, it was a couple of things. Selfishly, I felt like I lost this battle that I had been fighting,” Kloots shared. “I also was still in disbelief. I wanted to keep it private. It was so beautiful in a way that I felt I really needed to take time to process it before letting it out into the world. I think all that I really felt that I needed to share was that he passed, that we lost him, and that we’re doing the best we can.”
“The Talk” co-host said her grief will often hit her when she least expects it. For instance, sometimes she’ll have a “breakdown” just by getting into the car.
“That’s the true reality of grief,” she said. “You can’t tell anybody what to do. That’s just something that you have to walk through every day and find the strength to get through every single day.”