Saturday, November 22, 2014


Bill Cosby is 77.

Lately, it seems as if every day brings another allegation that further dismantles his image as the jovial, pudding-loving patriarch whose family-friendly brand of comedy tickled successive generations.

Though the star has vehemently denied most of the accusations that he drugged and sexually assaulted young women seeking career guidance, the stories are taking their toll on his reputation and bankroll. These stories of Cosby's purported misdeeds have been around for about a decade, but they recently got new life when a comedian took aim at him, and a social media stunt inviting fans to meme the comic went awry.

Cosby has never faced a judge or jury, let alone being convicted, over the allegations. But it's clear many people have already tried him in their minds.
When an NPR reporter gave him a chance to deny the allegations, Cosby provided an awkward moment of radio silence, refusing to answer the question. Given the same chance by The Associated Press, he offered no comment. When the interview concluded, he told a reporter that asking him about the allegations was a mark of low integrity and said he'd be appreciative if that portion of the interview was "scuttled."

Here's a list of the ladies that have come out so far:
1. Linda Joy Traitz
2. Louisa Moritz                       
3. Andrea Constand
4. Joan Tarshis
5. Carla Ferrigno                    
6. Tamara Green              
7. Janice Dickinson                                            
8. Beth Ferrier                                                    
9. Barbara Bowman            

And here is a rundown of how the allegations are affecting his career:

1. Netflix                                     
On the Netflix website, it still lists the availability of "Bill Cosby 77" as "coming soon." However, the streaming and DVD service announced this week that the stand-up comedy special, filmed before a live audience in July, will not premiere the day after Thanksgiving as planned.
The company did not elaborate, issuing a statement that said only, "At this time we are postponing the launch of the new stand-up comedy special 'Bill Cosby 77.'"
A Netflix spokeswoman declined to comment further.

2. NBC
NBC has also decided against moving forward with its own Cosby project.
The network said Wednesday that it has opted to stop developing the comedy show, which was billed this summer as a "classic, big extended-family sitcom" revolving around Cosby.
"We can confirm that the Cosby project is no longer in development," NBC said.
The network had no further comment.

3. TV Land
TV Land, one of the networks that have reruns of "The Cosby Show" in their lineups, quietly removed the sitcom from its programming schedule Wednesday.
TV Land also deleted the "Cosby Show" page from its website.

The channel did not respond to requests for comment about the disappearance of the show.

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