Queen Latifah show: We didn’t cancel Bill Cosby interview over rape allegations
You can put your “Cosby Sweater” away, because Bill Cosby won’t be appearing soon on Queen Latifah’s syndicated talk show to promote his upcoming comedy tour.
According to TMZ, Queen Latifah and her talk show staff pulled the plug because of some rape allegations that resurfaced.
Earlier this month, comedian Hannibal Buress called Cosby a rapist during his stand-up set in Philadelphia. Buress was referring to the allegations of sexual assault made against Cosby by 13 different women:
And it’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the f—ing smuggest old black man public persona that I hate. Pull your pants up, black people. I was on TV in the ’80s. I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom. Yeah, but you raped women, Bill Cosby. So, brings you down a couple notches.
Days after Buress’s routine, Actress Barbara Bowan spoke out about how Cosby repeatedly raped her beginning when she was 17 years old, while he played a father-figure role in her life.
“I was drugged and raped by that man,” Bowan told MailOnline. “He is a monster. He came at me like a monster. My hope is that others who have experienced sexual abuse will not be intimidated into silence by the famous, rich and powerful. If I can help one victim, then I’ve done my job.”
Cosby was never criminally charged with sexual assault, although years ago he settled a lawsuit (for an undisclosed amount) with one of the women.
TheGrio.com reached out for a comment from The Queen Latifah Show, and they responded with the following statement.
Mr. Cosby’s scheduled appearance on The Queen Latifah Show was postponed at his request and was in no way related to any of our recent or upcoming scheduled guests.
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