In the midst of the Bill Cosby sex abuse allegations, the star’s series, the Cosby Show, has been pulled by TV Land. As the Inquisitr reported, the old allegations resurfaced after comedian Hannibal Buress included these allegations in his stand up routine. The comedian was filmed calling Cosby a rapist and it made huge waves and ignited a firestorm around the former sitcom star.
Since then, many of his alleged victims have come forward to speak their peace about the sexual abuse they endured. Most of the stories, including Barbara Bowman’s and former model Janice Dickinson’s, mirror each other. Both were allegedly drugged by Bill Cosby and woke up to discover they had been raped by the comedian.
As the Hollywood Reporter notes, the Cosby Show’s repeats also air on Viacom’s Centric. So far, the network hasn’t moved to remove the program from their lineup.
The most recent allegation, which is by Janice Dickinson, has been refuted by Cosby’s reps, but even so, TV Land has decided to pull his beloved show off the air.
Dickinson admitted that she tried to tell this story in her memoir back in 2002, but Cosby had his lawyers nix that. Janice opened up about the ordeal to Entertainment Tonight.
“After dinner, in my room, he had given me wine and a pill and the next morning I woke up and I wasn’t wearing my pajamas,” Dickinson said. “I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man. The last thing I remember was Bill Cosby in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me.”
Cosby’s spokesperson Marty Singer released a statement about Janice’s story.
“The only story she gave 12 years ago in her autobiography as well as her interview with the media was that she refused to sleep with Mr. Cosby and he blew her off,” says Singer. “You can confirm with HarperCollins that she never claimed Mr. Cosby raped her, that no attorney representing Bill Cosby tried to kill the story (since there was no such story) and no one tried to prevent anything she wanted to say about Bill Cosby in her book.”
So far, TV Land hasn’t put out a statement about their decision to pull reruns of the Cosby Show from their lineup. The network is following in suit after NBC decided to shelve the Cosby television project that they were developing for the comedian.
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