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Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 1:39PM EDT
Bill Cosby sparks backlash by thanking Aretha Franklin for singing A Different World's theme song
The Queen of Soul sang the theme song for The Cosby Show spinoff from Seasons 2 through 5 -- even though her ex-husband Glynn Turman was one of the show's stars. Cosby paid tribute to Franklin this morning, tweeting: "Aretha Franklin – I want to thank her for her wonderful voice singing the theme song of “A Different World.” She made a big, strong positive impact on that series." That prompted a Twitter backlash, with responses ranging from "Are you tweeting from jail?” to “Wifi must be good in cellblock c.”
Posted Wednesday 8/15/18 at 2:13PM EDT
Late Night's Amber Ruffin remakes House of Cards and The Cosby Show to omit their disgraced stars
Watch her take on Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood and Cosby's Cliff Huxtable, as well as Woody Allen's character in Annie Hall.
Posted Monday 7/09/18 at 7:23PM EDT
Why A Different World's legacy has been unaffected by Bill Cosby's downfall
Source: The New York Times
The college-set spinoff of The Cosby Show ended its six-season run 25 years ago today, on July 9, 1993. Yet A Different World "doesn’t seem to have inspired the same amount of hand-wringing as its predecessor," says Aisha Harris, pointing out that star Kadeem Hardison recently called the show "much bigger than Bill Cosby." One of the reasons A Different World has survived Cosby's downfall is that -- despite his name appearing in the credits -- he only appeared in three episodes. "The result of — and possibly a motivation for — this separating of art from artist allows the show to be a repository for the tender sentiments that have been displaced by the retroactive tarnishing of The Cosby Show," Harris says, adding: "It helps that A Different World was a more challenging, and arguably more meaningful show. When Debbie Allen took over as producer and director in Season 2, she famously made it her mission to set it apart from its more benign predecessor by having the writers tackle more substantive issues, including colorism within the black community, AIDS and shopping while black."
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Dateline NBC's exclusive interview with Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand is another break from the show's true-crime mysteries
“Dateline is always a mix,” says Dateline executive producer Liz Cole. “We do many mysteries on Friday nights, and that’s the main thing you will continue to see, but when the opportunities present themselves for us to do these pieces where we can showcase unique reporting and exclusives, we will always be up for those.” ALSO: Constand tells Dateline: "I didn't think anybody would believe me."
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 10:33AM EDT
Dateline lands the first TV interview with the woman who got Bill Cosby convicted
Source: Page Six
Kate Snow will sit down with Andrea Constand, whose accusation that Cosby drugged and raped her in 2004 led to his conviction last month. The interview is set to air next week.
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
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"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
Source: ET Canada
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"
Source: The New York Times
"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
Source: The Washington Post
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"
Source: The Washington Post
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