TV Land has dropped reruns of “The Cosby Show” from its lineup in the wake of a series of rape allegations against the comedian. The network's move came after NBC announced it was scrapping an upcoming project starring the 77-year-old actor in a sitcom from Sony Pictures Television.
A representative for TV Land reportedly said that the reruns have been stopped for an indefinite time, but did not reveal the reason behind the decision. “The Cosby Show” was also scheduled to be part of a Thanksgiving sitcom marathon on the network, The Associated Press reported. Netflix Inc., on Tuesday, announced it would postpone the launch of a Cosby comedy special. Although the latest allegations could seriously damage the actor's reputation and career, Cosby has not yet personally responded to the claims.
Cosby’s appearances on the “Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Queen Latifah Show” have also been cancelled. However, Cosby is scheduled to perform on Friday at an event in Florida, the King Center for the Performing Arts said on its website on Wednesday. Tickets for the show have been sold out, Reuters reported. The stand-up comedian also has at least 35 performances lined up through May in the U.S. and Canada, and there have been no reports of any of them being cancelled so far.
Model Janice Dickinson became the latest person to join a string of accusers who have claimed that Cosby drugged and raped them in the past. In an interview published Tuesday on "Entertainment Tonight" Dickinson said that she was raped by Cosby after a dinner meeting in California in 1982.
On Sunday, Joan Tarshis, a former actress, had claimed that Cosby had drugged and raped her on two occasions in 1969, while another actress, Barbara Bowman, claimed in a Washington Post column last week that the actor raped her when she was a 17-year-old aspiring actress in 1985.
More than 13 women have so far reportedly come forward accusing the comedian of sexual abuse. In 2006, Andrea Constand, who had filed a civil suit against Cosby, settled the case for an undisclosed amount. Cosby has never been charged with any of the alleged crimes.