Bill Cosby’s longtime producer has weighed in on the disgraced star and his legacy in light of the dozens of rape allegations levied against Cosby over the last year.
After promoting his Starz series Survivor’s Remorse at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Friday, Tom Werner spoke with The Hollywood Reporter, brushing off talk of Cosby specifically but emphasizing that The Cosby Show remains important to him.”I don’t really want to comment on it,” Werner told THR, when asked about Cosby. “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.”
Along with partner Marcy Carsey, Werner worked with Cosby on both The Cosby Show and the shorter-lived Cosby under their independent sitcom factory Carsey-Werner. The duo have remained quiet about the scandal for better part of the last year, though they did release a statement last November.
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Michael O’Connell