Bill Cosby’s Late Show : Cosby Had Another TV Appearance Canceled

Updated: November 15, 2014
Bill Cosby's Late Show : Cosby Had Another TV Appearance Canceled

Bill Cosby’s appearance on CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman,” scheduled for Wednesday, has been cancelled amid outrage over allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman decades ago.

The show reportedly declined to reveal whether Cosby backed out of his appearance or the show had planned on a replacement, The New York Times reported Friday.

Two weeks ago, Cosby’s scheduled appearance on “The Queen Latifah Show” was canceled, but the show insisted that the interview was just postponed. “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,” said a spokesperson.

Rape allegations against Bill Cosby that were made decades ago have been brought into attention again after comedian Hannibal Buress called Cosby a rapist during a performance in Philadelphia. “Thirteen? It’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the f***in’ smuggest old black man persona that I hate. He gets on TV, ‘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 rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches,” Buress said onstage earlier this month.

Barbara Bowman, who claimed she was sexually assaulted multiple times by the star of “The Cosby Show”, wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post, asking, “Why wasn’t I believed?” when her story first came out years ago and why the case only gained attention after stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress mentioned it onstage.

“Why didn’t I get the same reaction of shock and revulsion when I originally reported it?” she wrote. “Why was I, a victim of sexual assault, further wronged by victim blaming when I came forward? The women victimized by Bill Cosby have been talking about his crimes for more than a decade. Why didn’t our stories go viral?”