The effects of the growing scandal surrounding TV icon Bill Cosby are far reaching. You can pretty much say the same for his ever-dwindling list of supporters.
After promoting his Starz series Survivor’s Remorse at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Friday, Tom Werner spoke with The Hollywood Reporter, brushing off talk of Cosby specifically but emphasizing that The Cosby Show remains important to him.
He chose instead to focus on the collateral damage the scandal caused for the legendary sitcom.
It was a groundbreaking show and portrayed a middle-class African-American family in a very positive way, he added.
“I do think the show is one of the most groundbreaking shows in television”, Werner said, according to TV Insider. It continued in the ’80s what “Good Times” and “The Jeffersons” started in the ’70s – trying to break down stereotypes of black families.
Bill Cosby’s longtime producer has weighed in on the disgraced star and his legacy in light of the dozens of rape allegations levied against Cosby over the past year.
Bill Cosby’s lawyer, Monique Pressley, said it’s the “responsibility” of women who have been sexually assaulted to immediately report the crime.
This video includes images from Getty Images. “And even if the reasons that the women did not do that are legitimate ones, what cannot happen -in my opinion, in the United States – is that 40 years later there is a persecution tantamount to a witch hunt where there was no prosecution timely and there was no civil suit timely”. “I’m hoping as time passes that people still will be able to enjoy the show, because it’s more than just about Bill Cosby“.