Acerbic comedian D.L. Hughley offered up his filter-free opinion on the Bill Cosby sex scandal, recent trial and what he thinks will be the legendary comedian’s fate.
During an appearance on Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live,” the married father of three predicts Cosby, 81, will actually have to serve time in prison, something that many pundits and observers have debated since Cosby’s conviction on sexual assault. Jurors believed Cosby intentionally gave a former Temple University employee Andrea Constand Quaaludes in order to have sexual intercourse without her expressed permission.
“Yes. The amazing thing about it is me and Bill Cosby had a confrontation. I believed he had done a lot of these things,” the Kings of Comedy alum told Cohen.
“The funny thing for me is,” Hughley continued on the show, “when he was on trial, there was a protestor that ran up to him with her shirt off and all the names of 50 victims across her chest. When you run at a man with your breast out, the last thing he doing is reading.”
Cohen quickly pivots the conversation back to the confrontation Darryl Lynn Hughley, 55, said he had with Cosby.
“I was a specific type of comedian, and Bill Cosby had a different type of perspective of what comedy should be,” Hughley said.
“One time I was hosting a radio show, and he called in to do press, and I didn’t want to do it because I knew we were going to get into it. He was being so rude to the people around me, so I said, ‘Mr. Cosby, what did you want?’ Then he asked me who I was and I told him. He said, ‘D.L. Hughley, you say the N-Word.’ I said, ‘With all due respect, I say the N-Word, but nobody wakes up with their panties on backwards.’”
After Hughley spat that line at Cosby, Hughley says radio brass scrambled to get the tape of the interaction so that it would not air.
Hughley hastened to add that he believes Cosby “changed comedy. I think he was a brilliant man. But I think you can be brilliant and a rapist. I don’t think those things are mutually exclusive.”
Hughley is not the first comedian to complain about Cosby’s forthright personality. Eddie Murphy famously recalled being lectured by Cosby about his style during his legendary, record-setting RAW comedy movie tour in the 1980s.
Check out the entire Hughley episode on Bravo’s WWHL below: