Thursday, November 20, 2014

TV Land Pulls 'Cosby' Reruns From Air After Bill Cosby Rape Allegations, Janice Dickinson, Raven-Symone & Stacey Dash Speak Out

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Bill Cosby is really going through it!

Known as "America's Dad" from his time as playing the character Cliff Huxtable on the The Cosby Show in the '80s and early '90s, Bill Cosby's name will never be looked as the same again. 

The public has now formed an opinion about him after 15 women have come forward saying the now 77-year-old comedian raped them. These accounts of sexual abuse allegedly took place way back in the day, some as early as 1969!

The latest woman stepping up to the plate is former supermodel and America's Next Top Model judge Janice Dickinson, 59, who says Bill drugged and then raped her in 1982. She is the fifth woman out of the 15 to publicly come forward to tell her story.

Why come out with the story now? Janice said: 


"I'm doing this because it's the right thing to do, and it happened to me, and this is the true story... I believe all the other women."

Cosby's lawyer spoke out about Janice's accusations and said, "Janice Dickinson's story accusing Bill Cosby of rape is a lie..."

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As a result of these allegations, TV Land has recently pulled all Cosby show reruns from the air. There was a planned Thanksgiving marathon of the show and that will not air anymore. The network also deactivated its Cosby Show page online.  

NBC dropped a deal with Cosby for a new comedy that was expected for next year, and Netflix has also shelved a comedy special that was supposed to premiere next week. 

Eric Deggans of NPR tweeted:  

NBC on prospective Bill Cosby show: “We can confirm that the Cosby project is no longer in development. No comment from the network. “

Seems like some of the entertainment industry is closing up shop on Cosby due to these allegations. The Associated Press also recently released un-aired video of Cosby and his wife Camille in a Nov. 6th interview regarding the sex-abuse allegations. 

Cosby said, "There's no response." 

He then adds, "There is no comment about that. And I'll tell you why. I don't want to compromise your integrity, but I don't talk about it." 

Cosby also asked the reporter if the part about the allegations can be edited out of the video and the AP has released all of that footage. 

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Cosby has yet to address the claims made against him.

But, a parody website has thrown Raven-Symone into the mix and it looks like some people were believing the story since she felt the need to address it. 

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The child actress played Olivia on The Cosby Show and she is shutting down those rumors of being sexually abused by Bill. Raven-Symone posted a message on Instagram and said keep her name out of this:

"I was NOT taking advantage of by Mr. Cosby when I was on the Cosby Show! I was practically a baby on that show and this is truly a disgusting rumor that I want no part of! Everyone on that show treated me with nothing but kindness. Now keep me out of this!"

Actress Stacey Dash has worked with Bill during her teen years and she defended him on Twitter yesterday, saying he was the perfect gentleman:

"I worked with @BillCosby in '86 when I was 19. We were alone together many times. He was a perfect gentleman & became a mentor to me."

Geez, there's so many angles to this story. I wonder will Bill speak out about it, for now he remains silent on the rape accusations.

And, even though networks are turning their backs on Cosby, he is still working and performing. He is in the middle of a stand-up tour with sold out dates coming up, including one in Las Vegas next week. 

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