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NBC Cancels Bill Cosby Project

Cosby in 2013.

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In the past week, two womenincluding well-known model Janice Dickinson—have come forward to say that they were sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby, becoming the fifth and sixth women to do so publicly. Hanna Rosin argued in Slate on Tuesday that, while Cosby is unlikely to face prosecution for these alleged crimes, he should face consequences in other venues. Rosin urged Netflix and NBC to drop the Cosby projects they had in the works:

So Netflix, don’t air that Cosby post-Thanksgiving special, even though you have already paid for and shot it; NBC, cancel that Cosby sitcom.


In fact, soon after Rosin’s piece was published, Netflix said it was postponing Cosby’s special—and today, reports say, NBC has decided it will no longer pursue a potential Cosby sitcom. (The NBC news was first reported by BuzzFeed.)

One representative for Cosby called Dickinson’s allegations “an outrageous and defamatory lie,” while another said that other charges are “old and discredited.” Neither representative has provided support for their assertions that the charges lack merit.  

Update, Nov. 19, 2014: TMZ reported this morning that upcoming Cosby performances in the Bahamas, Florida, and Las Vegas will not be canceled.