TV Land Pulls 'Cosby Show' Reruns From Schedule In the Wake of Sexual Abuse Allegations — REPORT
In the midst of the sexual abuse controversy that has been swirling around actor, comedian, and TV father Bill Cosby, another network has decided to distance themselves from him in some small way. According to The Hollywood Reporter, TV Land has pulled The Cosby Show from its lineup. The network was one of the few still showing reruns of the show and planning to show more of them. While airings were already rare treats for fans of the old family program, TV Land had plans to air "several marathons... between Thanksgiving and Christmas" that have now been scrapped. This comes mere days after NBC dropped plans for a Cosby sitcom.
For the record, Cosby's has denied the allegations via his lawyer in a definitive statement last Sunday. "Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true," it read. "Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment."
Since the release of that statement, two more alleged victims have come forward to speak of abuse they suffered at the hands of Cosby, one of them being supermodel Janice Dickinson — whose claim in particular Cosby's attorney has called "outrageous." With the loss of the TV Land reruns, that leaves Hulu+ and Comedy Central as the only two networks on which you can, or can eventually, see any Cosby-related programs.
Although Netflix and NBC have both only postponed their planned Cosby specials, Deadline reported that sources have said these moves were permanent.