Bill Cosby Boston Shows Canceled In Advance Of Women’s Protests; Comedian Blames Snow — SEE STATEMENT
Bill Cosby’s two Boston concerts scheduled for Sunday were canceled at the last minute. The embattled comedian was slated to perform at The Wilbur Theater. The venue posted a message on its website Sunday morning announcing the cancellations.
“Bill Cosby shows have been cancelled. All refunds will be available at point of purchase,” reads the statement, which adds, “We apologize for any inconvenience.” While the site did not give any reason as to why the shows were called off, or why it happened just hours before Cosby was slated to take the stage, a statement from the star blames the weather. “I have decided to cancel for your travel safety,” Cosby said, referring to an impending snow storm. “No need to worry, I will be back soon to raise the roof with laughter.”
He was set to perform two shows, one at 5 p.m., followed by another at 7:45 p.m. Multiple women’s groups were slated to protest outside the theater, with one Facebook event, “United With Survivors: Bill Cosby Boston Protest,” having more than 300 confirmed participants. A rep for Cosby denies the planned demonstrations had anything to do with the cancellations. “Mr. Cosby is dedicated to his fans, the protestors, and human rights issues. This is all about safety,” the spokesperson tells the Boston Globe. The rep said Cosby is already looking to reschedule.
That said, the protests are still slated to take place even though Cosby won’t be there. There will also be an unrelated press conference in the afternoon held by Helen Gumpel, who claims Cosby sexually harassed her in his dressing room on the set of “The Cosby Show.” Gumpel, who went by Helen Selby at the time, would join a long list of women who have alleged Cosby committed some form of sexual abuse against them.
Other recent Cosby standup shows have gone on despite hundreds of protestors gathering outside the venues. After each of them, the former sitcom star released a statement thanking supporters for standing by him. In fact, Cosby issued a statement just two days ago in which there was no sign that he wouldn’t make the now-canceled concerts. “Dear Fans: GOD has Blessed me with a wonderful gift to share with all of you. For 53 years I have continued to master this gift, which heals the soul and warms hearts. Laughter!” he said. “I thank you, the theatre staff (Wilbur Theatre), the event organizers and the Boston Community for your continued support and coming to experience family, fun entertainment.” Echoing previous comments, he closed with, “Hey, Hey, Hey — I’m Far From Finished.”
Despite the growing list of accusers and several pending lawsuits, Cosby has not been charged with any crimes. Gossip Cop will continue to have updates.