Like an ever-increasing number before them, Netflix and NBC are desperately trying to get away from Bill Cosby. With more and more women saying the darndest things about Cosby--foremost, that he has committed many rapes that have long gone woefully ignored--the companies that were to broadcast the comedian's comeback shows have come to the realization that a man who belongs in jail should maybe not get a comedy showcase.
Netflix made the first move last night, indefinitely shelving a Cosby stand-up special that was set to arrive on the streaming service next Friday. The news came by way of a brief statement that read, "At this time we are postponing the launch of the new stand-up comedy special, Bill Cosby 77." Netflix didn't specify the reason for the postponement, but it should be obvious enough. The title "Bill Cosby 77" will now instead be saved for the announcement, "Bill Cosby, 77 counts of sexual misconduct."
NBC thankfully followed suit today. Though the network hasn't officially commented on the matter, it's being widely reported that they've quietly dropped their plans to develop a new sitcom vehicle for Cosby. The repeatedly-alleged rapist was to star as the patriarch of a multi-generational family in the series, which Cosby previously said would "see a married couple that acts like they love each other, warts and all, children who respect the parenting, and the comedy of people who make mistakes." Unfortunately for him, it has become a little hard to see the comedy of numerous, very specific, incredibly disgusting mistakes.
Cosby's lawyers have yet to inconclusively label this news "old and discredited."