Yesterday, comedian Bill Cosby was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand during his retrial. The 80-year-old could face up to 30 years in prison for the 2004 incident.
According to Deadline, after the guilty verdict, Bounce TV announced it will be yanking all reruns of the classic sitcom The Cosby Show from syndication on its channel. The digital network said in a statement, “Effective immediately, Bounce is removing The Cosby Show from our schedule.”
The Cosby Show was once ever-present on many cable networks and broadcast stations. The syndicated programming for the show which stars Cosby as Heathcliffe Huxtable began to disappear from airwaves with the sexual assault allegations that surfaced in 2015.
— Bounce (@bouncetv) November 11, 2016
During that time Bounce made the decision to pull episodes of the show from its lineup. Then in December of 2016, the network declared it would allow reruns of the show. Bounce airs programming geared toward African-American viewers. The Cosby Show is hailed for its positive imagery of a successful Black family. After conducting research, Bounce said that its audience could differentiate who Bill Cosby is as a person from who he plays as the character Dr. Heathcliffe Huxtable.
The sitcom is still available for streaming on Amazon.
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