Netflix Pulls Bill Cosby Special Amid Rape Allegations

Netflix has decided to postpone its Bill Cosby special as the embattled comedian faces multiple accusations of rape, the latest from former supermodel and TV host Janice Dickinson.

“At this time we are postponing the launch of the new stand up comedy special ‘Bill Cosby 77,'” a Netflix spokesman said on Tuesday.

The hour-long comedy special was set to air Nov. 27 (after originally being scheduled for Nov. 28) in honor of Cosby’s 77th birthday.

Netflix’s announcement came just hours after “Entertainment Tonight” aired an exclusive interview with Dickinson in which she claimed Cosby sexually assaulted her over 30 years ago.

“I’m doing this because it’s the right thing to do, and it happened to me, and this is the true story,” she said.

Cosby’s other accusers include the director of Temple University women’s basketball team and a former publicist.

He recently canceled an appearance on CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” after the Washington Post published an op-ed from a woman alleging another assault.

His lawyer issued a statement saying “Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment. He would like to thank all his fans for the outpouring of support and assure them that, at age 77, he is doing his best work.”

The five-time Emmy-winner is still attached to star in an untitled NBC comedy, although that project is looking less likely to move forward.

NBC has refused to comment on the status of the Cosby program.

 

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  1. amansoorkhan says:

    You have to consider the fact that times have truly changed, as compared to the time of the incident, Cosby is now a celebrity. At the time of “incident” if it did occur (not taking sides here) I would have been appalled and would have actively demanded justice. Now I just raise an eyebrow and consider the fact that it just might another feminist-ic attempt at attention and alienating women.

    A question I’d like to ask is whats to counter the opinion that the “victim” could have been a groupie hoping to get her share of limelight?

  2. ladeeanne says:

    Attorney General Eric Holder updated the federal definition of rape as such: “Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”

    NOW…I’ll ask you,were all these accusers really raped or were some of them consensual?

  3. Candycan says:

    Turns out in 2006 on the Howard Stern Show, Janice did talk about Cosby, but not about the rape. She was promoting her memoir, Check Please!: Dating, Mating, and Extricating, at the time, when Stern asked her what happened with Cosby.

    “Bill Cosby was the only guy I couldn’t write about in the book, because HarperCollins is afraid of lawsuits,”

    Stern, unaware of Dickinson’s hesitation to speak about the topic, pressed for more. “So what happened?”. “He got you? So he nailed you? You had sex with Bill Cosby?”

    Dickinson trailed, adding that the publisher was “too afraid” to publish parts of the memoir involving him. “Wouldn’t touch that one,” she revealed. “And I don’t want to get near that because I don’t have the shekels that you do or that Cosby does.”

    Dickinson continued, “The guy’s a bad guy, he’s not a nice guy. He preys on women who just come out of rehab. I’ll say that.”

  4. Dave jordon says:

    Dickenson waits until Cosby is old and senile before deciding to say something. There’s definitely something wrong here if these women is willing to wait 30 years and more before finally deciding to say something. They must have been waiting for the latest technology!

    • Alex Colvin says:

      I guess she’s missed the part in rehab where they talk about personal responsibility and one’s part in his own bad decisions. There’s a saying in rehab,”there are no victims there are only volunteers.” Guess she was discharged before they explained that part, too.

  5. Good! These events may have happened too long ago to prosecute, but we can still send this jerk into retirement earlier than he wanted. Let him sit around, staring at the walls and not getting in adulation.

  6. OBXconsumer says:

    I don’t know how Bill Cosby could be so powerful. He was never powerful in my eyes or in the eyes of most consumers. I remember I used to watch all of the black comedies, including his, and they were all really good, but then when Bill Cosby started opening his mouth and trying to say white people were not watching the black comedies, he actually ruined the whole thing because then people stopped watching the black comedies, especially anything he did. We even had his record – but WHATEVER – he is a douche. That is why I do not like him and I have not liked him for years anyway – because he was never satisfied with his fame and had to have a problem. NOW to the main discussion, Obviously any woman would be criticized for trying to come up against him if they actually flew somewhere to see him and were in a hotel room with him, etc., so that would be very difficult to defend. His obvious MO of drugging and raping women is coming out now and so the only way they could hope to get an actual conviction in a court of law would BE if all the women came forward because there is no actual DNA solid concrete proof. The other side of the coin is that, if these women lose their lawsuit, then douchebag Cosby can turn around and sue them for all the specials and appearances that he would have made money doing as they were all canceled due to the allegations. So do not cancel his appearances and his specials – just let us NOT WATCH and let him get up there and run his mouth.

  7. insjmb says:

    Ok, for all those saying “she’s out for his money” let me just clear something up. All of these cases are out of the statue of limitations, and being as old as they are would probably be very difficult to prove in court regardless. Which means there will be no charges, no cases, no civil cases and no settlements. In other words, no, they are not out for his money. That obviously doesn’t prove the accusations, but since a very large portion of you seem to be confused on this, I thought I’d just put that out there.

    • Alex Colvin says:

      Which means ghouls needing something to gab about should try him in the court of public opinion and ruin his career on the unverifiable words of his victims who’ve come forth after decades of silence. Welcome to America and its addiction to wreckage and destruction.

    • Captain Harris, U.S.S. Excalibur says:

      How unfortunate that the statute is up, because in my opinion there shouldn’t be any for such a heinous act.

  8. Roger Booger says:

    Cosby is getting his due. What a nasty old man. He hasn’t been funny in ages and should go to jail on the fact that Leonard Part Six and Ghost Dad exist.

  9. Seriously??? If this did happen (And I doubt that it did) WHY did she wait 30 years? Don’t you think she would have reported it right away? She is just out for his money and reputation.

    • Captain Harris, U.S.S. Excalibur says:

      According to police records, she didn’t.

      • karen says:

        Cosby attorney Martin Singer called Dickinson’s story “a lie” and said it contradicts her own autobiography and a 2002 interview she did with the New York Observer.
        “That interview a dozen years ago said, ‘she didn’t want to go to bed with him and he blew her off,’ ” Singer’s statement said Wednesday. “The only story she gave 12 years ago to the media and in her autobiography was that she refused to sleep with Mr. Cosby and he blew her off. Documentary proof and Ms. Dickinson’s own words show that her new story about something she now claims happened back in 1982 is a fabricated lie.”
        Dickinson did not return a call from CNN seeking comment.

  10. Donald Huff says:

    I really don’t think it should make any difference what happened 30 years ago.Look at how much has happened since then. Gas was what and how many breads could you get for a 1.00? Just sayin just a little out dated.Besides let’s Waite until someone has retired and let’s remember “with hand raised I WAS RAPED (30) YEARS AGO I JUST REALIZED”

  11. B.B. says:

    This is probably all false allegations of rape, this is also something really big to accuse someone for that. someone is just out for Mr. Cosby and his money.
    Now why did they finally come around and mention this after 10 years? Would you think if something like this would be reported right away?

    • Captain Harris, U.S.S. Excalibur says:

      These women know they cannot get any monetary damages at this time, and I think you need to think about that.

  12. Jenn says:

    netflix pulled him? on what? accusations. sounds to me like netflix thinks he is guilty..shame on you what ever happened to innocent until proven guilty

  13. George says:

    i think its a lot of crap…..ever since all this came out about jimmy savile, all sorts of big names have been accused of rape……..what I don’t understand is, if its true then why wait years before making an allegation against the person blamed.??….I don’t believe for a second bill cosby,s a rapist…….I think most of you women should have a lie detector test before blaming someone of this crime…..

    • Captain Harris, U.S.S. Excalibur says:

      They didn’t wait, but some were unsure due to the nature of how the alleged acts were committed; being drugged, then sexually violated while unconscious or semi-conscious. The objective being to achieve sexual gratification against the target’s will, but to keep the victim unable to realize what had happened; ergo the drug.

    • You women?? You can’t be serious!! Not all women lie about being raped. Get over yourself George!!

      • George says:

        get over myself.?..for your information, a survey was done just last year and found that 74% of women lied about being raped by there partner or boyfriend all becaulse things didn’t go there way in a relationship….so don’t you sit there and tell me to get over myself ideot.!!

      • Dave jordon says:

        He said “most”- he didn’t say all. Also, this happened many years ago, and if the police refuse to do anything about it then the next step should’ve be to go to the media- not wait 30 years since if they don’t do anything about it then that would mean that Cosby would’ve continued to do it. To keep rapists and molesters off the street one would have to report it as soon as it happened otherwise it’s going to continue. Which rises the question, does these very same women that made these accusations what Cosby used to do to them is whether or not he’s capable to do this again to another woman?

    • tammyjj1972 says:

      George- The thing is, which I’m sure you may know, a lie detector test isn’t admissible in courts as it’s not a reliable source. It isn’t like a paternity test where it’s a definite 99.9% result.

    • Lenny says:

      You women? im sorry George but you can equate all women to what some women do. You may have shot me in the head but you are the one with brain damage making comments like that.

  14. Val Painter says:

    At the moment there are too many accusations, a lot of then unproven. I think it is wrong to name someone before they are proven guilty, it doesn’t happen to non-celebrities they aren’t named until after the verdict. These accusations ruin lives even if they are unfounded.

    • Rob says:

      If it were one woman shouting this, then I’d say “I have no idea what happened”, two, maybe the same. However, when there are multiple allegations with similar MO’s, and all are aware that there is no money or conviction possible due the the statute, then I think it’s fait to say that something went on, and since he’s made point after point about personal responsibility, and accountability, then we have a right to hold him accountable.

    • Captain Harris, U.S.S. Excalibur says:

      In this country, the United States of America, we have freedom of speech. You can make any accusation you want, but, that does leave you open to a counter suit if your claims are proven false. These claims were merely proven to be unsubstantiated, not untrue.

    • tammyjj1972 says:

      Val- I agree with you that it’s wrong to name someone before they are proven guilty however, it does happen to non-celebrities as well.

  15. I believe the women, what are we up to now 15 women, not one or two,……. FIFTEEN, they all can’t be lying, especially when they are telling the same pattern of drugging and then sexual violation. And this came out years ago, the only reason it is resurfacing is because of a new allegation.
    A stand up comic brought it to the forefront in his act also recently, Hannibel Buress, check out the video.
    It’s like if you haven’t read about it before you just weren’t paying attention.
    I remember when he had that affair about 20 or more years ago and had an illegitimate child with the woman, Shawn something. He denied that too, at first, and then ultimately admitted it.
    Yes, an affair is not rape. The point though is his sexual proclivity. he is known for having affairs, now he is known for something else.

    • Tony Kandy says:

      I believe you are MENTAL, WHAT are you KNOWN for ( that people say about you, and you WON’T admit ? ), he admitted to affair after PAYING the mother off ( and the GREEDY BIMBO DIDN’T have enough ), her career is FLATLINED and she wants a PAYDAY. So as these people come out of the woodwork they are ALL LEGITIMATE ? YOU are part of the problem when it comes to pointing fingers BEFORE the FACTs… GO watch SPRINGER

      • Donald Huff says:

        I think I could come up with something….Yep,I want to sue for damages, I ate pudding and got fat…or Hello…Or acted the way I do for watching his shows…Come on I want on the band wagon to…Anyone eles????

      • tammyjj1972 says:

        Tony- What I’d like to know is he “paid her off” so how can she come after him again??

  16. Innocent before proven guilty

  17. tammyjj1972 says:

    Indy Nyles- You’re hoping someone burns in hell when you don’t even know if this is true! Talk about judging people!!
    It is an accusation. Do you know what accusation means? Jeez get a grip!

  18. A TRIBUTE TO A GREAT MAN AND BILL COSBY WAS ONE. WE ALL HAVE A PAST AND YOU BETTER PRAY THAT NOBODY WANTS TO DIG UP YOURS. GOD IS OUR JUDGE AND WE ARE NOT THE JUDGE OF OTHERS. WHAT EVER BILL HAS DONE HE HAS ALREADY PAID FOR IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. BILL COSBY HAS CONTRIBUTED ALL HIS LIFE TO MAKE OTHERS HAPPY AND THAT IS ONE OF THE GREATEST GIFTS WE CAN RECEIVE.
    WHILE RAISING 6 CHILDREN AND WORKING FULL-TIME, I NEEDED THE THE LIFT OF THAT LAUGHTER AND JOY I GOT FROM BILL’S WONDERFUL HUMOR. I LOVED HOW HE REACTED TO DIFFERENT SITUATIONS AND THUS I LEARNED HOW TO REALLY LOVE THE INTERACTION OF FAMILY LIFE AND TAKE EACH MEMBER OF MY FAMILY AS REAL INDIVIDUALS AND HELP EACH ONE GROW WITH HIS/HER OWN CREATIVITY.
    AND SO, THAT IS HOW WITH THE HELP OF ONE PERSON GIVING SO VERY VERY MUCH OF HIS LIFE, IT WAS MADE POSSIBLE FOR ME TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL IN PARENTING AND ALSO NOT REGRETFUL ABOUT BECOMING SUCCESSFUL IN BUSINESS AND IN MY OWN PERSONAL LIFE. SINCERELY, BETSY TINKER WENDT, LAKE WORTH, FLORIDA

  19. Disgusted says:

    This makes me sick. How easily people attack others and judge without it even being proven. NOTHING has ever happened legally to him or about any of this. Until then he is INNOCENT!!! Nothing will change that. We don’t live in Communist China where someone says something so it is law. In fact we live in America where things have to be proven before we judge. I hope Cosby sues every media outlet and person that posts blame to him on this for def. of character. Netflix should be ashamed, and so should anyone else that posts blame solely based on ANYTHING they get from media without facts EVER being brought out.

    • China Watchdog says:

      Oh boo hoo. No one’s denying Cosby his due process, the accusations reported by the media are just that – accusations nothing more so quit with the self-righteous Communist witch hunt act already.

      • tammyjj1972 says:

        strea- Actually, you are wrong. He is pointing her out as a “self-righteous communist” with a witch hunt act. As well as mocking her by his “boo hoo” sarcastic attitude towards her. I didn’t do any such thing. Where do you see me mocking or personally insulting her for her statement? You don’t, but nice try.

      • strea says:

        @Tammyjj1972 — You chastise and insult China Watchdog for retorting to Disgusted’s comment and then you proceed to do the same thing to Jackie Has IC. Hypocrite much?

      • tammyjj1972 says:

        China Watchdog- Hey why don’t you relax on someone who is merely posting her opinion! Very rude POS you are.

  20. Jacques Strappe says:

    These are all highly disturbing allegations, most of which apparently date back decades. It sounds as if most of these women who tried to bring this information forward when they were in their late teens or 20’s at the time were somehow silenced by Cosby and/or his legal representation. Contrary to what many people are saying here in support of Mr. Cosby, is that these rape claims are not being made for the first time but rather were made years ago. The more information I read about these women, the more I tend to believe their stories and think much less of Cosby. I think it is fair to say that Bill Cosby’s career is now officially dead and I can’t ever see it being revived..

    • Dave jordon says:

      “silenced by Cosby and/or his legal representation”

      How can Cosby do this? He’s human just as anyone else, it’s not like he’s connected to the mafia, KGB or the CIA where he can threat them with execution. I mean, did Cosby threaten these women if they said anything? There’s a reason why there’s a statue of limitations regarding rape since these woman had many years to speak out and say something, and for some strange reason, most them choose not pursue it allowing Cosby to commit these acts again and again. How does this help anyone if they didn’t speak out and saying anything before?

  21. amy vollkommer says:

    don’t these people have a life? was this from years ago?

    • Ken Kramer says:

      What you people above don’t understand is that a lot of cases were reported and ignored and these women knew that in most cases they would be because Cosby, well he is a powerful celebrity and when your a REAL FAN that comes first, just look at most of the statements above for proof!

  22. MayFly says:

    Thanks for the story, I am going to cancel my subscription to Netflix.

    • Ken Kramer says:

      PS: If many of you had any brains you would also realize because of the statue of limitations these women have nothing to gain, money wise or prosecution wise and even worse the ignorance above shows why nothing was ever done why he is Bill Cosby, WOW!

      • tammyjj1972 says:

        Ken Kramer- IDK if there is a statue of limitations on rape, is there? As far as “nothing to gain” yes they have his reputation to shoot down and that to them is a gain, if it’s true, for his fans to change their whole outlook on him after all these years. Also, money does come into play, just like the one he had paid already.
        However, it just seems odd that A LOT of women are accusing, and as one commenter stated, with the same story. Some would think that if the stories are all the same that would make it seem as if it were true. Although, on the other hand, stories all being the same could also sound as if they conjured it up to match.
        Nonetheless, it’s really all speculation at this point. I love Bill Cosby and would hate to see him go out with a horrible reputation after all these years of being an outstanding comedian. However, if it’s true then he has to face the humility, shame and any criminal consequence as would any one else. :/

  23. His silence says it all.

    • tammyjj1972 says:

      Jackie Has IC- No, his silence says he isn’t going to fall prey for media to twist his words and make them more”juicy” to fit their needs.
      Because he has a good reputation why should he say something that can be twisted? You’re judging because someone is staying smartly silent yet when some scream and holler “I didn’t do it” and a bunch of excuses it only makes the situation worse.
      If you had some major bs accusation towards you would you give the press what they want, or would you keep quiet until it’s time to speak…at court?
      I feel bad that this is happening and if it’s true than obviously he will pay the price, but if he didn’t then people that are judging will eat their words.

      • Captain Harris, U.S.S. Excalibur says:

        It not hard to say “I didn’t do it.”

        It is very hard to turn that phrase into an act of self incrimination.

  24. Michael Anthony says:

    It was necessary. We pushed the sports world to take quick action, so this is fair.

    The tales of his womanizing are legendary. The number of women coming forward grows. The public vilified Tiger Woods when it happened to him. If one excuses Cosby at this point, then he’s getting special treatment.

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