Today at a Television Critics Association panel, reporters questioned network giant, NBC, for answers on their delay to cancel the sitcom they were developing with Bill Cosby. The network ditched the project, after a large number of women went to the media to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault.
Robert Greenblatt, the entertainment chairman, told reporters, “Fifteen women came out and accused him of what they accused him of. “Over the years we heard some those accusations and knew there were a couple settlements and what not, it didn’t seem to be the thing that was critical mass. When we realized there seemed to be so much more of it, it wasn’t something where we could go, ‘Oh, we’re not sure.’ He hasn’t been proven guilty of anything. I don’t want to be the one who says, ‘Guilty until proven innocent.’ But when that many people come out and have similar complaints, it causes such a tainted situation there was no way we could move forward with it. The good news is, unlike Netflix which had a special to run, we were developing a script—we didn’t even have a first draft … I’m glad we’re out from under that.”
A reporter asked Greenblatt if it was safe to say that the network will no longer work with Cosby, and Greenblatt responded:
“I think it’s safe to say.”
Further on, Greenblatt told reporters in a defending way:
“All I do is try to put on shows that I think are good, with extraordinary talent. I think he’s extraordinary. And I think the show will be good. All the other things will sort of sort themselves out.”
The legacy of Bill Cosby is continuing to be defeated by the accusations from the women in his past. The fall from the top is very long.
Words by Lisa Aidoo