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Bill Cosby: Netflix & NBC Pull Shows After Rape Allegations

Wed, November 19, 2014 1:40pm EDT by Elizabeth Wagmeister 3 Comments
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Netflix has put Bill Cosby’s standup special on hold, after multiple women, including supermodel Janice Dickinson, have come forward with claims that the comedian drugged and raped them. According to a new report, NBC has also decided not to move forward with Bill’s highly-anticipated return to comedy.

In the wake of his shocking sexual abuse allegations, Netflix announced Bill Cosby‘s comedy special, titled Bill Cosby 77, has been indefinitely postponed. Following the streaming service’s decision, NBC has reportedly given the axe to the comedian’s upcoming project.

Bill Cosby: Netflix Pulls Comedy Special, Following Rape Allegations

“At this time we are postponing the launch of the new stand-up comedy special Bill Cosby 77,” Netflix said in a statement on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 18.

Netflix’s decision was announced directly after supermodel Janice Dickinson‘s shocking interview  with Entertainment Tonight, in which she claimed the comedian, 77, drugged her, lured her back to his home and raped her back in 1982. Janice is one of many women to come forward with similar accusations.

Netflix isn’t the first to to take action. His appearances on Late Night With David Letterman and The Queen Latifah Show were both cancelled, amid the sexual abuse scandal.

NBC Not Moving Forward With Bill Cosby Comedy Project

Following Netflix’s announcement, on Wednesday, Nov. 19, NBC reportedly decided not to move forward with Bill’s comedy project, according to Variety‘s sources.

NBC announced, this July at TCA, their excitement to develop a project for Bill, bringing him back to the network, after The Cosby Show‘s iconic success.

NBC has yet to confirm the news.

Bill Cosby Remains Silent During Rape Allegations

Bill has remained silent through the allegations, and declined to comment when questioned about the claims by NPR on Nov. 15.

His lawyer John P. Schmitt issued a statement on Sunday, Nov. 16.

“Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact they are being repeated does not make them true,” the comedian’s lawyer said. “Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment. He would like to thank all his fans for the outpouring of support and assure them that, at age 77, he is doing his best work. There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives.”

HollywoodLifers, did Netflix make the right decision, postponing Bill’s comedy special? Do you think his NBC sitcom should be cancelled? Let us know.

— Elizabeth Wagmeister

More Bill Cosby News:

  1. Janice Dickinson Claims Bill Cosby Lured Her To His Home & Raped Her
  2. Bill Cosby: Actress Barbara Bowman Alleges He Drugged & Raped Her
  3. Bill Cosby Hashtag Backfires: Users Comment On Rape Allegations