Larry Wilmore on Why Bill Cosby Is a 'Jerk'

Larry Wilmore on Why Bill Cosby Is a 'Jerk'

Explains why he has negative opinion of the sitcom idol.

Published February 2, 2015

Larry Wilmore is one of the most outspoken hosts on the late night circuit and he doesn't hesitate to call it like it is. So it's not surprising that the Nightly Show host didn't lean on the standard vague answers that many celebs have when asked about Bill Cosby.

Speaking with the Hollywood Reporter, Wilmore made it clear that he doesn't have much sympathy for America's embattled sitcom icon.

"He was never a hero of mine," Wilmore says. "I liked Cosby, but I have a different relationship with him than a lot of people because I didn't grow up on The Cosby Show. I grew up on I Spy and Chet Kincaid." 

He recalls an anecdote his mother told him years ago. "I remember in the late '70s, early '80s, my mom met Bill Cosby down in San Diego at this tennis tournament. She came back and said, 'We asked him for his autograph, and he was so mean, so nasty. He said, 'I don't do that,'" Wilmore recalls. "I was like, 'Man, what an a**hole.' My opinion of Cosby at that point was like, 'What a jerk.' I never even watched The Cosby Show. I always thought, 'That's great that that show is on,' but about him I was like, 'Whatever, Cosby.' Richard Pryor was my hero. Richard Pryor was keeping it 100 [percent real]."

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