Whether it is good or bad, gossip is something my wife and I try to stay away from. We have been hurt by hearsay in the past and feel that partaking in the popular activity serves no rewarding purpose.
Allow me to share an analogy with all of you relating to gossip.
Gossip is like hammering a nail into a piece of wood. The wood represents the victim of the gossip, the nail is the actual hearsay and the hammer represents the gossiper. When someone hammers a nail into a piece of wood it creates a hole and may even split the wood slightly. True, you can remove the nail but the mark will still be there. Over time the hole will start to fade, it may even smooth over a bit, but the mark will always remain.
A person may take part in gossip and realize all to late that their words hurt another individual. That person can apologize for what they had said and that apology can certainly be accepted, however, like that piece of wood, the mark will always be there. Over time these two people can become the best of friends, but that mark, that stupid mark.
Guard your tongue.