The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the organization which controls the star process, has heard the group’s demand (along with another call to remove Donald Trump’s) and they are flatly saying it’s not going to happen.
In fact, the organization said in a statement to NBC4 LA that it won’t be removing any stars from Hollywood sidewalks.
“The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has received inquiries asking on whether we are planning to remove the stars of Donald Trump and Bill Cosby. The answer is no. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a registered historic landmark. Once a star has been added to the Walk, it is considered a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Because of this, we have never removed a star from the Walk,” said Leron Gubler, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive.
Gubler’s statement continued:
“The late Johnny Grant, who chaired the Hollywood Walk of Fame Selection Committee for many years, made the following statement when asked this question: ‘Stars are awarded for professional achievement to the world of entertainment and contributions to the community. A celebrity’s politics, philosophy, irrational behavior, outrageous remarks or anything like that have never been cause to remove a Walk of Fame star.’”
Here’s what Project Islamic Hope’s Najee Ali, one of the civil rights proponents calling for the Cosby star’s removal had to say in response to the Chamber’s announcement:
“It’s a shame and it really gives Hollywood a black eye.”
Meanwhile, Ali and other activists still plan their protest and press conference scheduled for later this morning at 10am Pacific . Click here for more info.