Bill Cosby Sitcom, Comedy Special Canceled Amid Rape Allegations

Bill Cosby Sitcom, Comedy Special Canceled Amid Rape Allegations

The TV legend's career takes a hit after abuse claims.

Published November 19, 2014



The allegations of rape and sexual misconduct pinned on Bill Cosby in recent weeks are taking their toll on his career. 

On Tuesday, Netflix announced the decision to indefinitely postpone a stand-up comedy special, Bill Cosby 77, celebrating the icon's career. The special was intended to hit the streaming service on Thanksgiving. The sitcom star's publicist says the decision to postpone was mutual.

A short while later, NBC decided to scrap plans for a new half-hour comedy series starring the TV veteran. The show, top-lined by Cosby as a family patriarch with three married children, was meant to be the actor's triumphant return to network television.

The comedian's live shows, however, will still go on. Cosby is scheduled to perform in front of a full house at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas this Thursday, and as of now nobody has cancelled the engagement, TMZ reports. His gig in Melbourne, Florida will also go on as planned.

Cosby's troubles continue to mount as more women come forth with accusations of sexual abuse. On Tuesday, former supermodel Janice Dickinson became the most high-profile person to say she was raped by the Cosby Show star. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Dickinson said Cosby drugged and forced himself on her during a hotel room encounter in 1982. 

Cosby has remained silent on the accusations, only releasing a statement through his attorney saying he "does not intend to dignify" the claims with a response. 

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Written by Evelyn Diaz

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