Producer Tom Werner has broken his silence and said he hopes the stories about the Bill Cosby sexual abuse scandal does not affect the way people look at The Cosby Show. But Werner, who co-produced The Cosby Show, did not directly address the sexual allegations that have rocked disgraced comedian, Bill Cosby. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Werner gave the following statement regarding the matter.
“I don’t really want to comment on it. The legacy of the show is obviously very important to me because the show was a groundbreaking show and it portrayed a middle-class African-American family in a very positive way. It had a lot of stories that resonated with families because people watched it together. Obviously it’s a challenging time for Bill Cosby and a challenging time for the show, but I’m hoping that people will still be able to watch the show and identify with the Huxtables.”
While Werner hopes that people can still identify with the characters from the lovable Huxtable family, several television networks have already pulled the popular ’80s sitcom. Although there still may be hope for the show, it’s clear that Cosby’s career is over after more than 30 women have come forward saying they were drugged and raped by the comedian.
Tom Werner says that he initially did not intend to respond to the alleged abuse carried out by Cosby. He also believes that The Cosby Show changed the “landscape of television.” The producer acknowledges that it is a challenging time for the show, but Werner hopes that the show’s legacy will remain untarnished despite the sexual abuse scandal that has plagued Bill Cosby. Werner hopes that people can see the difference between Bill and the series and they will continue watching the show.
One of the greatest punishments for Cosby, and not within the scope of the U.S. criminal justice system, seems to be the inexorable death of his work. All the work and effort he has invested in his career over the years is now seeing a slow death.
While Bill Cosby made thousands of fans laugh around the world, at least 35 women were crying and not laughing as they described how they survived the pain of being a sex toy in the life of the famous comedian. Cosby enjoyed his fame, and his victims were silent until comedian Hannibal Buress made a “bad joke” (or good) regarding the Cosby sex scandal during a stand-up comedy routine in October, 2014.
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