Bill Cosby ‘Late Show’ Appearance Canceled Amid Rape Allegations
Posted by Sam Frizzell, TIME on 15th Nov 2014
It's Cosby's second talk show cancellation in a month
Comedian Bill Cosby’s scheduled appearance on Wednesday’s Late Show With David Letterman has been canceled as outrage grows over resurfaced allegations of rape against the comedian and Cosby Show creator.
It’s the second time in a month that Cosby has dropped out of a talk show booking. The Associated Press reported that the 77-year-old asked to postpone a scheduled gig on Queen Latifah’s show Oct. 30. It’s currently unclear whether Cosby canceled the Letterman commitment himself or if the show pulled him.
The rape allegations are not new: Nearly a dozen women have accused Cosby of sexually harassing them, and in some cases, administering date rape drugs and sexually assaulting them.
The allegations have begun to gain more attention, however, after comedian Hannibal Buress called Cosby a ‘rapist’ during a set last month. A meme generator on Cosby’s website was pulled after it became a public relations disaster for the comedian, when people used it to confront the sexual assault accusations.
One of Cosby’s accusers, Barbara Bowman, published an op-ed in Thursday’s Washington Post headlined “Bill Cosby raped me. Why did it take 30 years for people to believe my story?”
On Saturday, Bill Cosby was asked on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday whether he had anything to say about the sexual assault allegations. He shook his head, and refused to say a word.