Poor Bill Cosby — it’s almost like you can’t even land a network TV show after decades of rape allegations anymore. Sad to say, the world seems to have moved on from the era when we could separate men from their hobbies; but we haven’t moved on from remembering what those hobbies were. Finally.
The Huffington Post recently confirmed that NBC’s cancelling development of the 77-year-old Cosby’s new sitcom, which was slated to have debuted in summer or fall of next year. The sitcom would have positioned Cosby as the patriarch at the head of a multi-generational family, dispensing sage wisdom to his younger and dumbers. Sounds like somebody found the recycle bin.
And how much does NBC not want Bill’s mug on its airwaves? After realizing that it would be hard to find advertisers comfortable with marketing to the 8 ‘clock “multiple rapist” demographic, they spent perfectly green money to buy Cosby’s contract out and flush it quietly down the toilet.
This cancellation is just one among several since The Ghost of Roofies Past came back to haunt him. On Wendesday of this week, Netflix postponed (read: cancelled) the release of Mr. Huxtable’s new stand up special “Bill Cosby 77.” So, it may be a while before urban youths still stuck in 2005 hear Bill’s latest scathing indictment to pull up their pants, already!
And things get worse, too…if that seems possible. Not only have Bill’s modern endeavors been squashed, but even TV Land has decided to pull all re-runs of the Cosby Show from its schedule. Just to reiterate that: Bill Cosby now officially cannot get airtime on NICK AT NITE.
Fran Drescher, Roseanne and Murphy Brown could not be reached for comment.
Queen Latifah could, though. Cosby was scheduled to appear on her show earlier this week, but dropped out because…well, probably because he knew Queen Latifah could beat the sh*t out of him. In his prime. But that isn’t the best part.
The best of all possible cancellations has to be Bill getting dropped from his planned November 19th appearance on the David Letterman show.
Let that one sink in for a moment.
Yes, David Letterman…the 62-year-old guy who (sort of accidentally) made sexually themed jokes about a 14-year-old Palin daughter every night for a week…the guy for whom CBS had to literally redefine its sexual harassment policy…a guy whose sexual scandals almost ended his career…
THAT David Letterman has officially said to Bill Cosby “Uhhh…no, man. I don’t need this kind of heat.”
Could be Colbert will have him on in 2015.
Yes Bill, the past may be a ghost, and the future a dream — but it sure looks like your own poltergeists have come home, a nightmare here to stay. A multiple rapist, out-of-work and disgraced “family man” comedian, watching his life and legacy slowly disintegrate even as he struggles to live as an outcast among those who once loved and respected him.
THERE’S an idea for a show!
Maybe Nick at Nite will pick it up…in 30 years or so.