Like it or not, Bounce TV is bringing back “The Cosby Show” next month.
The channel says its decision to re-air the classic sitcom starting Dec. 19 was one “by popular demand.” Responses to its Twitter announcement have been mixed, however.
Here’s the announcement tweet:
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And here are some of the immediate responses:
“Good cause if Trump can be president we should be able to watch Cosby show. Thanks #BounceTV,” @oju1 wrote.
“sorry would rather not imagine him drugging & raping those women between scenes,” @idkidd said. “Would u air this if he’d raped your daughter?”
“Great! This show had an entire cast that made it wonderful tv,” @
caramelcoat8dme tweeted back.
“Bounce TV you got be kidding me?? seriously
Bill Cosby is being accused how many women on sexual abuse,” @Kellyannk308 opined.
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Here’s Bounce’s full statement:
“Following the results of a qualitative research study which indicated demand from a vast majority of Bounce viewers to see ‘The Cosby Show’ on television again, the network has made the decision to begin airing the series next month.” “While we take very seriously the accusations against Bill Cosby, our research showed that African-American consumers see a distinction between Bill Cosby, the man, and the iconic TV character Cliff Huxtable. Research and direct viewer feedback were the deciding factors in the network’s decision to move forward. The desire among African Americans to see the show on TV again is being reinforced on social media based upon overwhelmingly positive viewer response since the announcement.”
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In recent years, Bill Cosby has been accused of drugging and raping dozens of women from his past. As a result, the aging comedian has seen pretty much all of his projects yanked from television. Cosby has been in and out of court due to related criminal and civil complaints. Other accusers that have come forward are not filing charges, or cannot due to statutes of limitations.
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Bill Cosby Scandal Timeline: From First Accusation to Mistrial (Photos)
1965 In 2014, Kristina Ruehli accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her when she was 22 years old.
July 1997 Cosby admits to paying $100,000 to a woman named Shawn Berkes to keep secret an extramarital affair they had in the 1970s. But he denied he was the father of her 22-year-old daughter.
March 2000 Lachele Covington files police report claiming Cosby touched her inappropriately. No charges were brought against Cosby.
May 2004 Cosby delivers his famous "Pound Cake" speech at NAACP Awards, criticizing too-permissive parenting by African Americans. A judge later cited the moralizing speech when unsealing Cosby's deposition in ...
January 13, 2005 Former Temple University student Andrea Constand files a police report accusing Cosby of sexual assault. She later files a civil suit citing 12 other Jane Doe accusers.
October 2014 A video of comedian Hannibal Buress Hannibal Buress Rips Bill Cosby: ‘You Are a Rapist’ (Video)" href="http://stage.thewrap.com/angry-birds-star-hannibal-buress-rips-bill-cosby-you-are-a-rapist-vid...
November 18, 2014 Former "America's Net Top Model" judge Janice Dickinson accuses Cosby of sexual assault. Cosby's lawyers later call her a liar.
November 18, 2014 Netflix cancels Cosby's planned stand-up special after more than a dozen women come forward accusing the actor of sexual assault.
November 19, 2014 NBC drops planned comedy series starring Cosby. NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt later explains that the accusations had reached "critical mass."
November 19, 2014 TV Land pulls reruns of Cosby's 1980's sitcom "The Cosby Show" from the air just hours after the cancellation of his NBC series.
November 21, 2014 Cosby receives a standing ovation at stand-up comedy show in Melbourne, Florida. The rest of the tour is plagued by cancellations, hecklers and protests.
December 26, 2014 One of the comedian's most outspoken critics, Judd Apatow, Judd Apatow Rips Bill Cosby: ‘Guys Who Rape a Lot Aren’t Cool’" href="http://stage.thewrap.com/judd-apatow-rips-bill-cosby-on-twitter...
January 6, 2015 Phylicia Rashad, the actress who played Cosby's wife for eight seasons on "The Cosby Show" defends her former TV husband: "What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it’s orc...
May 15, 2015 Cosby breaks his silence on the allegations in an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America." "I have been in this business over 52 years and I have never seen anything like this," he says.
July 6, 2015 A judge makes public Cosby's 2005 deposition from the Andrea Constand civil suit. In the documents, Cosby admits to obtaining Quaaludes to give to young women he intended to have sex with.
July 7, 2015 Bounce and BET-owned Centric networks pull all reruns of "The Cosby Show" in the wake of the new revelations.
July 14, 2015 After months of defending her friend against his accusers on "The View," co-host Whoopi Goldberg Whoopi Goldberg Flip-Flops on Bill Cosby: ‘All of the Information … Points to Guilt’ (Video)" href="http://s...
July 18, 2015 After obtaining the full 1,000-page deposition from the Constand case, The New York Times publishes excerpts that detail his history of womanizing with women as young as 19.
December 21, 2015 A week after Cosby filed a countersuit for defamation against seven of his accusers, the comedian sued model Beverly Johnson for defamation. In the complaint, filed in Los Angeles Superior Cou...
December 30, 2015 Cosby was arraigned on felony charges of criminal sexual assault stemming from a purported incident more than a decade ago in Pennsylvania involving a former Temple University employee. A previous distric...
February 3, 2016 Pennsylvania judge Steven O’Neill denies Cosby's lawyers' request to have the criminal sexual assault charges dismissed.
February 19, 2016 Cosby drops the defamation lawsuit against model Beverly Johnson.
March 24, 2016 Montgomery County district judge Elizabeth McHugh finds in a preliminary hearing that there is enough evidence for the criminal trial to proceed.
February 24, 2017 The judge rules only one of the 13 other accusers prosecutors had planned to call to the stand may testify at the criminal trial. The unnamed woman was previously employed by Cosby's former ag...
May 16, 2017 Cosby says in an interview with SiriusXM radio host Michael Smerconish that he likely will not testify at the trial.
May 19, 2017 Montgomery County Judges Thomas DeRicci and Steven O'Neill bar all electronic communications from the courthouse, meaning the trial will not be televised and journalists will be barred from live-tw...
May 24, 2017 A jury is selected for Cosby's trial. Following Cosby's assertion that race could be a factor in the decision, the jury is made up of four white women, six white men, one black woman and one black ...
June 5, 2017 The criminal trial begins in Norristown, Penn., just outside Philadelphia
June 17, 2017 After 5 days and 52 hours of deliberations, the 12-person jury is unable to reach a unanimous verdict and a mistrial is declared. Montgomery County D.A. Kevin Steele said he intends to retry Cosby...
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