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NBC says it will never work with Cosby again

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NBC has explained through Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt why it reached its decision to scrap plans for Bill Cosby’s return to network TV.  During a panel discussion with the Television Critics Association, Greenblatt stated the following:

“Fifteen women came out and accused him…While over the years we’d heard some of those accusations and knew there were settlements, it didn’t seem to be the sort of thing that was critical mass. When we realized there seemed to be so much more of it, it wasn’t something where we could go, ‘Oh, we’re not sure.’ He hasn’t been proven guilty of anything. I don’t want to be the one who says, ‘Guilty until proven innocent.’ But when that many people come out and have similar complaints, it causes such a tainted situation there was no way we could move forward with it. The good news is, unlike Netflix which had a special to run, we were developing a script — we didn’t even have a first draft … I’m glad we’re out from under that.”

Greenblatt went on to say the network would no longer pursue any future deals with Cosby.

The now scrapped Bill Cosby project would have featured the beloved comedian once again in the role of a wise father figure. The show was due to air for the fall 2015 lineup and was considered to be a major source of advertising revenue with sponsors. However, with the revelations of at least 2 dozen women who claimed Cosby sexually assaulted them over the long span of his career, Cosby has witnessed his legacy forever tarnished.

 

 


3 Comments

  1. Shamontiel on January 18, 2015 at 11:25 am

    If they scrapped the show without any physical/forensic/documented proof of the actions (and only people reciting a scripted story) then they did indeed choose “Guilty until proven innocent.”

  2. soisaid on January 20, 2015 at 11:52 am

    as if Cosby gives a fawk! what more do he need to buy. he has his money and he is not getting any younger. for pete’s sake he is still out touring and people are still paying to see him.. get a grip NBC you don’t own the world.

  3. Lee on January 27, 2015 at 9:25 am

    They probably didn’t want to work with him in the first place and were looking for an out. The last thing they want is a powerful black man who is a media mogul and would have a lot of say on how the image of black men and blacks in general would be depicted. NBC is notoriously racist against blacks. They have a few token black actors, but that’s about it. The network was probably relieved to get rid of The Cosby Show when it was on. That show completely contradicted the stereotypes of black families and not only that, everyone liked it! Black, white, Asian, you name it. The racist Hollywood elites are not having that anymore. For a long time they were looking for a reason to shut Cosby down and thanks to Hannibal Buress, a black male comedian, they felt like “oh wow, we have permission to destroy him, because a black guy fired the first shots”.