Hollywood says ‘Later’ to Cosby

Bill Cosby (Photo: Ethan Miller, Getty Images)
Bill Cosby (Photo: Ethan Miller, Getty Images)

Bill Cosby is likely hoping he will eventually fall out of the news.

But it’s not happening. Not yet, anyway.

The latest developments:

• The Associated Press released a previously unaired video of Cosby and his wife Camille in which he says “There’s no response” to a question about the sex-abuse allegations swirling around him. “There is no comment about that. And I’ll tell you why. I don’t want to compromise your integrity, but I don’t talk about it.” The AP video also includes footage of Cosby asking the reporter if the part about the allegations can be edited out of the video.

• NBC is dropping its deal with Cosby to do a sitcom. The project has been scrapped, the network confirmed Wednesday.

• TV Land is pulling reruns of The Cosby Show, effective immediately.

• Cosby’s stand-up show scheduled for Friday at the King Center for the Performing Arts at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, Fla., is sold out and Cosby’s management team issued a statement saying it “will go on as scheduled.” His show at Treasure Island in Las Vegas is also still on.

• Temple University tweeted that Cosby is “still on the Board of Trustees.”

• Actress Raven-Symone posted an Instagram note saying that she was “never” taken advantage of while on The Cosby Show. “Everyone on that show treated me with nothing but kindness. Now keep me out of this!”

• SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is calling for a Dec. 5 dinner at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., featuring Cosby as a performer be canceled. The University spokesman could not be reached for comment.

• Kraft foods spokesperson Lynne Galia had nothing to add to the Cosby conversation. “He started as spokesperson for Jell-O pudding in 1974 and worked off and on with the brand until 2003. In 2010, he joined the brand briefly for a campaign event to launch the refreshed Jell-O logo. We don’t have a current relationship with him.”

• Netflix has nixed a special it was set to air on Nov. 28 titled Bill Cosby at 77.

• Model Janice Dickinson is adding her name to the growing list of women accusing Cosby of sexual abuse, telling of an incident in which she was drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby in 1982. Cosby’s lawyer, Martin Singer, called Dickinson’s charges “false and outlandish” in a letter to the AP and suggested the actress was “seeking publicity to bolster her fading career.”

• An old Cosby bit about drugging women is going viral.

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SOURCE:  Ann Oldenburg

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