Wednesday, August 4, 2021

NBC Just Closed the Door on Bill Cosby for Good

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*The Bill Cosby chapter appears to be officially over at NBC.

NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt delivered the final nail in the coffin Friday morning at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour. Asked if it’s safe to say that NBC will never do another project with Bill Cosby, he answered, “Yes, that’s safe to say.”

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The Cosby Show

NBC had been developing a multi-generational family sitcom with Cosby at the center, but the project was pulled after multiple women came forward with sexual assault allegations against the actor. Netflix also pulled its planned Cosby standup special and TV Land stopped airing reruns of “The Cosby Show.”

“The good news is – if there is any good news – unlike Netflix which had a special to run, or the ‘Cosby’ episodes that were running on a network, we were developing a script that we never even got a first draft of. So it wasn’t something that was imminently going forward or even into production. I guess I can only say that I’m glad that we’re out from under that.”

Actor Bill Cosby performs at the King Center for the Performing Arts on November 21, 2014 in Melbourne, Florida
Actor Bill Cosby performs at the King Center for the Performing Arts on November 21, 2014 in Melbourne, Florida

Greenblatt said he knew of Cosby’s past allegations that had resulted in settlements when deciding to move forward with the multigenerational project, but it hadn’t reached “critical mass,” which ultimately prompted the network to pull the plug altogether.

“When we realized that there seemed to be so much more of it, it wasn’t something that we could just go, ‘Oh, we’re not sure.’ I mean look, he hasn’t been proven guilty of anything, so I don’t want to be the one that says guilty until proven innocent. But when that many people come out and have similar complaints, and it becomes such a tainted situation, there was no way we could move forward with it.”

Pressed to answer why the network appeared to ignore the initial sexual assault accusations of one or two women before deciding to pull the plug only when it reached more than 15 accusers, Greenblatt got defensive.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Really, NBC. Even after you made all that money off that man, and considering the fact that he was never convicted, never charged, still no credible evidence presented against him, while evidence are now being presented showing that alleged victims are liars out to make a profit.

      • Yeah, I found the article very interesting.
        It’s interesting that so many women are accusing Bill Cosby of doing something wrong, but so far, not a shred of evidence presented to support their claim.
        Two dozen women by now and still no real dirt on Bill. Bill used to get around, so what?
        I’m wondering if the fact that so many of them are asking for money has something to do with it.

        I also find it interesting that the same women who accused him of inappropriate behavior continued to have consensual sexual relationship with him.

        The shit couldn’t be any more interesting. As Cosby’s lawyer said, it’s “utter nonsense. People are trying to come up with these wild stories in order to justify why they have waited 40 to 50 years to disclose these ridiculous accusations.”

      • Sam why don’t you google these stories and see how shady some of these women are

        Histories Of Several Cosby Accusers Cast Doubt On Tales

        Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson Lied About Bill Cosby Says Manager

  2. I’m still waiting to see that one pesky little item called evidence… Hmmm..

    A bunch of women claiming they were drugged and raped by Cosby, and then dated him (after the alleged rapes), doesn’t make a damn bit of sense…

  3. Strange…If he drugged you, raped you, Why didn’t you file police report? Why would you continue to date him? ….Who put you up to this?

  4. Gee, thanks for being “closed-minded” NBC.
    NBC has bowed to the unreasonable and unproven verdict of the Court of Public Opinion.
    But then again, it is all about the money and NBC will follow the public opinion to keep them watching. It just further proves that America puts money above honer & justice every time.
    Sad…

  5. No one is claiming that Bill Cosby is anything other than a man (at least I’m not), but no one has presented anything but their mouths as evidence. That’s not good enough, okay?

    The last time I checked, you still need what’s called EVIDENCE before someone is convicted of a crime in this country.

    So answer this Batman, why is it so damn hard for this many women to present one shred of tangible evidence? That’s a real mother for you, huh?

    BTW, that article served more to exonerate Cosby as opposed to convicting him. Why would a woman continue to date their rapist? GTFOH!

    All of you blood thirsty people who want to condemn Cosby, remember your words when you’re accused of something, and judged guilty before you have your day in court, okay?

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