Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Bill Cosby Deleted from Television Academy’s Hall of Fame in Unprecedented Move

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FILE – In this April 18, 2018 file photo, Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

*It’s as if Bill Cosby was never part of the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame.

His statue has been removed and the entertainer’s name no longer appears among the Academy’s official list of honorees online after he was convicted last week of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand. More than 50 other women also have accused him of similar crimes, including drugging and sexually assaulting them.

“All references to Mr. Cosby were removed from the website,” a spokesperson for the Academy told Deadline.

A bust of Cosby that formerly graced the Academy’s outdoor Hall of Fame Plaza will be permanently removed as well. His bust and those of other Hall of Fame recipients, were “removed during construction of the new Saban Media Center,” the spokesperson said, “and at the time it was announced that they would be rotated from storage into the courtyard. We have no plans to place Mr. Cosby’s bust in the courtyard.”

Removing a member of the TV Academy’s Hall of Fame is unprecedented, so it’s unclear what the procedure might be for such a move, notes Deadline.

As for “The Cosby Show” star’s TV Academy awards, which include four Primetime Emmys its Bob Hope Humanitarian Award, “We have no plans at the present time to rescind his awards,” the spokesperson said.

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