Bill Cosby Netflix Special Postponed Amid Sexual Assault Allegations
Bill Cosby’s comedy special for Netflix, which had been slated to air right after Thanksgiving on November 28, has been pulled. “At this time we are postponing the launch of the new stand-up comedy special ‘Bill Cosby 77,'” said Netflix in a statement. The announcement was made on the heels of more sexual assault allegations being lodged against the comedian.
The comedy special, filmed at the San Francisco Jazz Center and touted as showcasing Cosby at the “top of his craft,” was being promoted as the comedian sharing “intimate and wildly entertaining stories from his childhood, first loves, and the endless adventure of parenthood.” But now, with the spate of women making allegations of sexual assault, Netflix has shelved “Bill Cosby 77.”
Netflix’s decision came just hours after Janice Dickinson told “Entertainment Tonight” that Cosby had drugged and sexually assaulted her in 1982. According to Dickinson, Cosby invited her to Lake Tahoe, where he was performing, to talk about her career. She said Cosby gave her red wine and a pill in her hotel room, and “the next morning I woke up, and I wasn’t wearing my pajamas, and I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man.” Dickinson told the entertainment show the last thing she remembered was Cosby “dropping his robe and getting on top of me.” Cosby’s attorneys reportedly deny the model’s claims.
As Gossip Cop reported, after refusing to answer questions about the growing allegations during an NPR interview on Saturday, a Cosby attorney issued the following statement on Sunday: “Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true.” The lawyer added, “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.”
His “best work,” however, will not be seen now that Netflix has cancelled his special. What do you think about the streaming service pulling the plug on “Bill Cosby 77”?