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Drew Carey forgives ex-fiancée Amie Harwick's alleged murderer: 'There’s nothing that’ll make up for what he did'

Citing mental illness and childhood abuse in Harwick's murder and ex Gareth Pursehouse's past, Carey insists 'You have to be able to forgive people like that'
Drew Carey and Amie Harwick (Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
Drew Carey and Amie Harwick (Michael Bezjian/WireImage)

Drew Carey is finally speaking out about having forgiven ex-fiancée  Amie Harwick's alleged murderer Gareth Pursehouse, for whatever role he might have played in the Hollywood therapist's tragic death. This comes just a day after Deadline reported that Pursehouse had pleaded not guilty for allegedly stringing Harwick on her third-floor balcony, causing her to fall to her death on February 15, 2020.

The 61-year-old actor shared how he has forgiven the alleged murderer after reports suggested Harwick, 38 at the time of passing, most likely fought for her life before succumbing to the fatal fall. "He was mentally ill. He was abused as a kid. You have to be able to forgive people like that. I wish he never did it. I wish he never met her," Carey shared, adding how even though forgiveness is liberating, "When you forgive people, that doesn't mean you have to hang out with them and be their friend." Pursehouse and Harwick were not sharing a cordial relationship at the time of her death, the sex therapist had reportedly taken out a restraining order against Pursehouse, which ended a couple of weeks before her death. 

Carey also shared how in the week following Harwick's alleged murder, he had to take the week off from his hosting gig at 'The Price Is Right'. "Really, I couldn't function and my first day back we taped the high school show for 'Kids Week.' It was the first show back and everybody knew what happened to me," he elaborated, adding how the incident made him feel compelled to speak about the significance of forgiveness to all the young people present at the day's taping. "And so, I took time during the break to talk to these kids. And I really wanted to do it because it was high school kids and I talked to them about how I forgave the guy who murdered Amie," he explained.   

Carey further stressed how "It's important for high school kids to hear and people in general to hear. It would be so easy to carry around … every day think about revenge, which is not coming. There's nothing that'll make up for what he did. I really try to practice instant forgiveness and unconditional love. The closest you can get to that the better you are and I fall short all the time."

The 'Whose Line Is It Anyway' alum was engaged to the popular sex-therapist back in 2018, but their engagement ended just 18 months before her tragic death earlier this year. Harwick was found unresponsive under the third-story balcony of her Hollywood Hills home and later died of her injuries after being rushed to the hospital. The alleged murderer - Pursehouse - if convicted, could face the death penalty, which includes a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait, reported Deadline, adding that prosecutors are yet to decide whether to seek the death penalty against him or not.