NBC has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development, the second outlet within a day to put off or abandon a project involving the beloved comic as a sexual assault scandal continues to spiral around him.
NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks said Wednesday the Cosby sitcom “is no longer under development.”
Both the NBC sitcom and Netflix’ Cosby standup comedy special, which has been indefinitely postponed, were halted within a day after actress Janice Dickinson, in an interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” became the third woman in recent weeks to allege she’d been assaulted by Cosby – charges strongly denied by the comedian’s lawyer.
The developments, which involve allegations that were widely reported on a decade ago as well as new accusations, have threatened the 77-year-old comedian’s reputation as America’s TV dad at a time when he was launching a comeback. A year ago a standup special – his first in 30 years – aired on Comedy Central and drew a hefty audience of 2 million viewers. His prospective new series was announced by NBC in January.
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Cosby has never been charged in connection with any of the allegations; former Pennsylvania prosecutor Bruce L. Castor Jr., who investigated a woman’s claims that Cosby had sexually assaulted her in 2004, said Wednesday he decided not to prosecute Cosby because he felt there was not enough evidence to get a conviction.
The Florence S.C. Civic Center staff is going to decide whether to cancel a Cosby comedy show scheduled for February.
The Florence venue’s management staff plan to reach out to Cosby’s staff to discuss the situation, senior marketing manager Nick Hooker said Wednesday.
“We’ve definitely noticed the cancellations of other venues and the cancellations of different TV shows, and heard from some of our fans about their concern,” Hooker said
Chris Hemsworth is People’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’
Chris Hemsworth, the hunky star of the “Thor” and “The Avengers” franchises, was revealed Tuesday night as People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” for 2014, with a little help from Jimmy Kimmel and his audience.
The Aussie actor, who appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” via Skype from Down Under, accepted a trophy topped with a golden vanity mirror along with his title after fielding yes-or-no questions from the audience while his face and voice were disguised.
“I’m most excited about the ‘alive’ portion” of the title, the 31-year-old Hemsworth told Kimmel, who’d inquired about how it felt to be the “Sexiest Man Alive” “And the ‘sexy’ is a bonus, so I’m flattered.”
Nicki Minaj: First comes marriage, then babies
Nicki Minaj wants kids, and she wants them after she gets married.
The unpredictable emcee made the surprisingly traditional statement in a thoughtful Q&A with Complex just ahead of the release of her third studio album, “The Pinkprint.”
In 2012, the 31-year-old “Anaconda” rapper, real name Onika Tanya Maraj, told the publication that in five years she would ideally “like to be married and have kids.”
Now, she fears becoming “so consumed with work that I’ll forget to live my personal life to the fullest.”
The former “American Idol” judge spoke of issues that she thinks are palpable on “Pinkprint”: “family, loss, death, guilt” – that last one over relationships with family, friends and significant others. Though she makes no mention of a man in her life, in the piece, she laments her bicoastal relationship with her kin, who are in New York. Cassie Cope and Wire Reports