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Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 12:41AM EDT
Kadeem Hardison: Bill Cosby's conviction won't tarnish A Different World
The Cosby Show college spinoff is "much bigger than Bill Cosby," he says.
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 8:06PM EDT
Bill Cosby stripped of his Kennedy Center Honors and Mark Twain prize
"Today the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts voted to rescind two artistic achievement awards the institution had previously bestowed upon Bill Cosby: the Kennedy Center Honors (1998) and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (2009),” the Kennedy Center said in a statement. “As a result of Mr. Cosby’s recent criminal conviction, the Board concluded that his actions have overshadowed the very career accomplishments these distinctions from the Kennedy Center intend to recognize.”
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 12:30PM EDT
Family Guy puts famous sexual abusers in one room, including Matt Lauer, Bill Cosby, and Kevin Spacey
Last night's episode featured a "Sexual Abuser Meeting."
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 1:46AM EDT
Guilty or not, Tom Brokaw's ripping of his main sexual harassment accuser was out of the Bill Clinton/Bill Cosby playbook
"The legendary journalist’s wounded response to accusations of sexual harassment reveals a lot about who is entitled to power," says Eve Fairbanks of Brokaw's 4 a.m. "ambushed and perp walked" email addressing the allegations from former NBC News anchor Linda Vester. "This," says Fairbanks, "is the Bill Clinton, Clarence Thomas, and Bill Cosby playbook: Discredit the woman. Complain that she overreacted to a little fun. Accuse her simultaneously of career failure and of being too ambitious—her ambition a symbol of her voracious, smothering sexuality. Wildly overstate her own claims to make them appear ridiculous. And insist that any allegation against him, is, in essence, an attack on the notion that anything at all can be holy—an attack against America. Brokaw becomes, in his defense, a synecdoche for the proper success story, the ideal American man, the country itself and what is most precious in it." ALSO: University of Iowa is moving forward with its Tom Brokaw exhibit despite sexual misconduct allegations.
Posted Thursday 5/03/18 at 2:24PM EDT
The Cosby Show reruns are still available on Amazon Prime one week after Bill Cosby guilty verdict
Amazon has kept The Cosby Show's streaming reruns as cable networks have pulled the reruns amid Bill Cosby's sexual assault scandal, according to The Wrap, which hasn't been able to reach the company for comment.
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 10:57PM EDT
Bill Cosby's name and his bust removed from the Television Academy's Hall of Fame
“All references to Mr. Cosby were removed from the website,” a TV Academy spokesperson says of Cosby, who was inducted to the TV Hall of Fame in 1992. A bust of Cosby that graced the Academy's outdoor plaza won't be returning after being removed earlier to make way for construction.
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 9:17PM EDT
Bill Cosby was good at his job, and that's why Cliff Huxtable was his "sickest joke"
"If a sexual predator wanted to come up with a smoke screen for his ghastly conquests, he couldn’t do better than Cliff Huxtable," says Wesley Morris of the iconic The Cosby Show character that made Cosby "America's Dad." In reacting to Cosby's sexual assault conviction, Morris says Cosby being good at his job is why his downfall is so depressing — "depressing," he says, "not for its shock but for the work the verdict now requires me to do. The discarding and condemning and reconsidering — of the shows, the albums, the movies. But I don’t need to watch them anymore. It’s too late. I’ve seen them. I’ve absorbed them. I’ve lived them. I’m a black man, so I am them." Morris adds: "Cliff was affable, patient, wise, and where Mrs. Huxtable (Phylicia Rashad) was concerned, justly deferential. His wit was quick, his sweaters roomy and kaleidoscopic. He could be romantic. Cliff should have been the envy of any father ever to appear on a sitcom. He was vertiginously dadly. Cliff is the reason for the cognitive dissonance we’ve been experiencing for the last three or four years. He seemed inseparable from the man who portrayed him."
- Janice Dickinson reacts to the verdict: I just want him to "rot in hell"
- Revisiting how Hannibal Buress' standup bit helped take down Cosby
- Buress has previously expressed discomfort with his role in the Cosby allegations: “I was just doing a joke at a show," he said on his 2016 Netflix special. "I didn’t like the media putting me at the forefront of it. They were sly, dissing me in the news."
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 9:17PM EDT
Kennedy Center mulls revoking the two awards it presented to Bill Cosby
The disgraced comedian was presented with the Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime achievement in the performing arts in 1998 and was the 12th recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2009. "The status of the Kennedy Center Honor and the Mark Twain Prize is under review by the appropriate board committees,” says Kennedy Center spokeswoman Michelle A. Pendoley. If the committees endorse revoking the award, it would be up to the full board to vote on approval. There is no timetable on the review.
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 2:50PM EDT
CBS News initially botched the Bill Cosby verdict as "a win for the Cosby camp"
CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor announced the verdict correctly in a special report on Thursday. But CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan got it wrong when he went to her live. “Well, I think, obviously, this is a win for the Cosby camp and a big loss for those who were hoping to see Bill Cosby behind bars and serve time for these alleged sexual assaults," she said.
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 5:09PM EDT
Larry Wilmore on the Bill Cosby verdict: "I still haven't forgotten about you motherf*cker!"
Wilmore has had a special distaste for the iconic comedian, who was convicted of sexual assault today, making a point to devote the entire second episode of The Nightly Show on Comedy Central to his sexual misconduct allegations. "I still haven't forgotten about you motherf*cker!" Wilmore tweeted upon hearing the news. "More importantly, I haven't forgotten about the many women you assaulted and silenced with your power. Good riddance!!!" Wilmore's canceled show devoted a lot of time to Cosby, including an "I Haven't Forgotten About You, Motherf**ker Update." Wilmore explained his dislike of Cosby in The Hollywood Reporter in 2015: "He was never a hero of mine," he said. "I liked Cosby, but I have a different relationship with him than a lot of people because I didn't grow up on The Cosby Show." Also, Wilmore says, Cosby was an "a**hole" to him and his mom when they asked for his autograph when he was a kid.
- Twitter cheers Hannibal Buress, who made Cosby's sexual assault allegations go viral in 2014
- Buress has yet to tweet reaction to the verdict
- Rose McGowan and other #MeToo movement leaders react to the verdict
- Cosby called the district attorney an "a**hole" after the verdict
- Watch crowd chant "Rapist!" as Cosby leaves the courtroom
- Bounce TV drops The Cosby Show reruns following the verdict
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 2:13PM EDT
Bill Cosby found guilty on all counts in sexual assault retrial
The iconic 80-year-old comedian who became "America's Dad" thanks to The Cosby Show was convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, and now faces up to 10 years in prison. The former Temple University employee said she had looked at Cosby as a father-figure and mentor until the night in 2004 when the incident at his home took place. Numerous women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, but Constand's allegation was the only one to go to trial. The first trial ended in a hung jury last summer. Cosby's conviction is the first of the #MeToo era.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 3:02PM EDT
Janice Dickinson testifies at Bill Cosby trial, detailing how he allegedly drugged and raped her
“He was ‘America’s Dad.’ He was very well respected from being on TV to being a happily married man with five children," the former America's Next Top Model judge testified today. When she found out what happened, she said, "I wanted to hit him. I wanted to punch him in the face."
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 11:33PM EDT
Topless woman arrested at Bill Cosby trial says she recurred on The Cosby Show at age 12, but that wasn't why she was protesting
Nicolle Rochelle says she would've protested Cosby regardless of whether she had worked previously worked with him.
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 11:33PM EDT
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Bill Cosby was a huge influence on me, but "I can no longer watch I Spy without anger, guilt and shame"
The NBA Hall of Famer was 18 in 1965 when Cosby became an important role model simply by being a black person with a starring role on network TV. Cosby later became a friend and mentor. Yet, in the wake of the many sexual misconduct allegations against Cosby, Abdul-Jabbar says Cosby's work has been exiled to "a cultural Phantom Zone where we are in the process of sentencing the artworks of offenders deemed unworthy." He adds: "I can no longer watch I Spy without anger, guilt and shame. There are other shows, movies, books, artworks, comedians and musicians I can no longer enjoy. In addition to the horrendous devastation to the individual women, we as a culture are severely damaged, afraid to embrace any art or artist lest they eventually be tainted by bad behavior. We are all trapped in this necessary but exhausting j'accuse cycle of condemnation and punishment, denouncing and renouncing."
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Topless protester who confronted Bill Cosby this morning appeared on The Cosby Show
Nicolle Rochelle, who appeared on several Cosby Show episodes under the name Nicole Leach, had the names of Cosby's accusers and "Women's Lives Matter" painted on her chest when she confronted Cosby before his court appearance this morning. She was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.