“The Cosby Show” must go on — according to one of its stars.
Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who played Theo Huxtable on the popular ’80s sitcom, is griping that the show’ getting yanked from the airwaves amid Bill Cosby’s ongoing sexual assault scandal is hurting his bank account.
“It’s literally taking money out of my pocket,” Warner said on Fox’s “The Real” talk show. “So I got my own personal feelings about that, because it personally affects me.”
Networks such as TV Land, Aspire, Bounce TV, Cozi TV and BET’s Centric have all stopped airing reruns of the hit series in response to the nearly 60 allegations spanning five decades from women claiming Cosby assaulted them.
But Warner argues Cosby is being treated differently than other stars who have been accused of sexual assault, such as directors Woody Allen and Roman Polanski and “7th Heaven” star Stephen Collins. “There is no one that has been calling for Woody’s movies to be pulled off the air,” Warner said. “Roman Polanski is still celebrated. Stephen Collins’ show still comes on. So it’s just interesting how it’s very unbalanced.”
Collins’ show, however, was pulled in 2012 after the actor was accused of child molestation, though it briefly returned to the network two years later.
Warner, 45, went on to say that he’s not defending his former on-screen father, who was hit with his first sexual assault charge December.
“I am in no position to defend him, because I can’t,” he said. “But nor will I throw him under the bus.”
This comes five months after Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Cosby’s daughter and Warner’s sister on the sitcom, defended the legacy of “The Cosby Show” despite the allegations against its main character.
Cosby has been accused of assaulting more than 50 women. “You can’t take back the impact that it’s had on generations of kids, and it’s continuing to have such a positive impact on them,” she told The Grio news website.
(Source Cowan: Black Media Scoop)