Bill Cosby‘s name has obviously been tarnished because constant accusations about sexual assault, and now his longtime producer is feeling hopeful that the fans of the much loved The Cosby Show will be able to separate the legacy of Show” from his ongoing sex abuse scandal, as in his opinion he considers, the
TV hit “one of the most groundbreaking shows” in history.
The embattled actor has found himself under increased scrutiny in the past 10 months after dozens of women came forward with decades-old allegations of rape and inappropriate behavior. Cosby, who has never been charged with any sex crime, has continued to deny the claims through his attorneys, but the controversy took a new turn in early July, when his deposition in a 2005 sex abuse lawsuit leaked, revealing the actor had admitted to obtaining sedatives to give to women he wanted to sleep with.
The news prompted U.S. network bosses to cease broadcasting reruns of The Cosby Show, and although producer Tom Werner admits the series is “kind of tarnished” now, he hopes that will change with time.
Werner tells TVInsider.com, “I do think the show is one of the most groundbreaking shows in television. Hopefully, people can distinguish between the show and Bill. I think about all the great episodes that we’ve done and the impact that it had. I’m certainly hoping that people can continue to watch it.”
He adds, “Certainly it’s a challenge right now (to watch The Cosby Show). But I’m hoping that time will pass and that all the great acting and the great stories and the memorable moments will still be able to be viewed.” Werner and his producing partner Marcy Carsey previously only briefly commented on the scandal when it hit headlines last autumn, stating, “The Bill we know was a brilliant and wonderful collaborator on a show that changed the landscape of television. These recent news reports are beyond our knowledge or comprehension.”
Back in 1984 till 1992 the show was aired.