*Bill Cosby may be starting to feel the effects of his sexual abuse drama. According to Newsday, the comedian’s Nov. 19 appearance on “The Late Show With David Letterman” has been canceled without cause, and Regis Philbin will take his place on the show.
The Huffington Post contacted CBS for a response, and a representative declined to give one; reiterating that the network doesn’t discuss matters about their booking process publicly. Cosby’s representatives have not responded to repeated requests for comment.
This is the second cancelled booking in the last two weeks for Cosby, who dropped out of “The Queen Latifah Show” on Oct. 30. A spokesperson for the show said Cosby himself had postponed his appearance and told the Hollywood Reporter, “Mr. Cosby’s scheduled appearance on show was postponed at his request and was in no way related to any of our recent or upcoming scheduled guests.” This was after Hannibal Buress, a stand up comedian, did a bit on stage, calling Cosby “a rapist” went viral.
It seems interesting that Cosby would have his team post a meme generator on his website inviting comments because he clearly has not wanted to publicly address the situation of alleged rape. In an interview with NPR, all was going fine until a clearly embarrassed interviewer told the comedian, “This question gives me no pleasure, but there have been serious allegations raised about you in recent days.”
(Scroll down to hear the interviewer ask Coby about the allegations.)
The question caused Cosby to go completely silent in a radio-awkward moment.
And the meme backfired and was taken down after users uploaded messages that spoke more to allegations of rape and sexual abuse brought against the comedian over the last decade.
In another twist of the knife, an op-ed piece was published in the Washington Post on Thursday by Barbara Bowman. She alleges Cosby sexually assaulted her, and revisits her encounters with the now 77-year-old comic in a HuffPost Live interview that says her experiences with Cosby were “sexual encounters that were not consensual on any level.”
Criminal charges were never brought against Cosby in Bowman’s case or any other. However he did settle a civil suit with one of the women in 2006.
Hear the TMZ acquired audio where the NPR interviewer attempts to ask Bill Cosby about the allegations below.