Bounce TV Pulls ‘Cosby’ Reruns, BET’s Centric Yanks ‘The Cosby Show’

Cosby Bounce TV Cancelled
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UPDATE: In the wake of the latest news regarding comedian Bill Cosby’s rape allegations, African-American-skewing network Bounce TV has announced that it will immediately cease airing reruns of television series “Cosby,” while the BET-owned Centric Network has pulled “The Cosby Show.”

Cosby came under more scrutiny yesterday after news broke that he admitted to drugging women for sex. Since last year, he has been openly battling multiple allegations of rape.

A competitor of BET, Bounce TV is an African-American focused, advertiser-supported digital multicast channel carried by broadcast TV stations around the country. It was co-founded by Martin Luther King III and Georgia politician Andrew Young.

“Cosby” was a CBS sitcom that aired from 1996 to 2000. It starred Bill Cosby and his “Cosby Show” co-star Phylicia Rashad, as well as Madeline Kahn, Jurnee Smollett and others.

Meanwhile, Centric TV, which is geared toward African-American women, is pulling all episodes of “The Cosby Show” indefinitely, beginning Wednesday. “The Cosby Show” aired from 1984 to 1992.

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  1. 3boombastic5 says:

    And I’m pulling bounce from my household. I can order all the old episodes. They’ll get their royalties. They found a way to destroy MJ now they dig into their garbage bag to destroy Cosby and by doing so, dirty ip the rest of the cast involved in creating the Cosby Show legacy. They dont want a black show to be the #1 America Family Show so get Cosby. Bounce, get lost….bounce!

  2. Sam says:

    First Donald Trump, Jarrett from Subway, and now Bill Cosby. At least give BET, Bounce, and Centric credit for waiting until the news came out that Cosby admitted he did these things.

  3. Sherri Johnson TIME TO BOYCOTT says:

    This sickens me that BET or Bounce TV has the gall to pass moral judgment on Bill Cosby. This is a JOKE! All of naked ass shaking degrading shows and videos they play. And to pull the Cosby show at a time when black you need encouragement the worse?!!? That was that man’s personal life 30-40+ years ago.
    Okay let’s look at these women… Let’s TALK! Let’s call a spade a spade. Why and the hell were these women who are JUST now complaining 40yrs later in a hotel a lone with a MARRIED man?!!!? Why is it okay for them to have wine be in a hotel room and blatantly DISRESPECT the sanctity of marriage?!!? DISRESPECT Camille, DISRESPECT the Cosby children? Every single last one of them are whorish opportunist that’s why. White women are especially KNOWN for mnarrying old disgusting men for the almighty dollar. The one who settled out of court instead of protecting other AMERICAN GREED at its finest. Victims please. However, I thank this opportunistic trick. I was able to FINALLY feel joy, pride, RESPECT seeing ablack man being portrayed as a Doctor his gorgeous lawyer wife, and kids that look like me on American television. This is what happens when you sellout to rich white folks like BET has..You forget and don’t give a damn aboperpetuate picture. They don’t care that they are depriving our current youth of a show that will keep their hopes and Dreams alive. What about the roll models that Felicia Rashad, Malcolm Jamal Warner, and Keisha Knight and the rest of the cast have been. How dare you BET and BOUNCE pass judgment, help perpetuate stereotypes about African Americans, yet pass judgment on this man. Sickening!!! TIME TO BOYCOTT!!! Please email, text, write, call BET. How dare they think we’re too stupid to see they’re giving them just what they want.. to see us ignorant down and out with no hope that we too can be Doctors, lawyers, living in a two parent happy home as a norm. TIME TO BOYCOTT!!;

    • xzanthius says:

      Ok let’s call a spade a spade… or in this case a rapist a rapist. I’m sorry that your idol has fallen (they almost always do) but I don’t want to live in a world where women have to assume that the married man she is having a friendship or is being mentored by is going to drug and rape them.

  4. Natalie says:

    What about the rest of the casts of these shows, though? Poor decisions on Cosby’s part should not cost the other cast members royalties or notoriety.

  5. Candice says:

    I wonder will Subway pull their Jared ads just asking.

  6. Michael Anthony says:

    Good move on their part.

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