Jay Leno on Bill Cosby: “I Don’t Know Why It’s So Hard to Believe”

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In an interview today at the National Association of Television Program Executives in Miami Jay Leno offered his opinion on what he called “this whole Cosby thing.” He shares a similar stance with Larry Wilmore, the Comedy Central host who flat-out said Cosby is guilty of sexual assault on last night’s The Nightly Show.

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Larry Wilmore on Bill Cosby: “Did He Do It? Yes.”

Larry Wilmore is starting strong out of the blocks on his first week as host of the new Nightly Show. Last night, the second episode of the post-Daily Show program took on the allegations against Bill Cosby.

“We’re answering the question, ‘Did he do it?’ The answer will be yes,” said Wilmore at the opening of the show. “There’s a statute of limitations on the charges but there’s not a statute of limitations on my opinion. I’m telling you the motherfucker did it.”

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Bill Cosby Accuser Seeking Criminal Charges

Model Chloe Goins is seeking criminal charges against Bill Cosby, alleging the comedian drugged and licked her “all over” in 2008 at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. Goins, 24, was 18 at the time of the alleged assault. (She first made her accusations in an interview with the Daily Mail. )

Goins is the first accuser whose allegations may not fall outside the statute of limitations for criminal charges. Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women, dating back decades. Philadelphia magazine’s Robert Huber wrote about Barbara Bowman’s accusations in 2006.

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Kevin Hart Speaks Out About Bill Cosby

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A new interview with The Hollywood Reporter finds Philly comedian Kevin Hart speaking out about Bill Cosby for the first time:

[At Hart’s home], giant portraits of the comedians he most admires — Cosby, Rock, Murphy, Richard Pryor, Martin Lawrence and Dave Chappelle — line the walls. I ask if he’s thinking of getting rid of Cosby in the wake of allegations about the 77-year-old’s conduct. “I’m not going to take the picture down,” he says. “The picture serves a purpose for me. These were the men who built a legacy doing what they love to do, which is telling jokes.”

Does he think Cosby is guilty? “Right now, it’s a lot of speculation,” he says. “All I can do is just say my prayers, and my wishes go out to all of the women who are potentially involved. His personal life has nothing to do with me. I can’t control it. I will never try. It doesn’t stop me from being an admirer of his work. His work and his personal life are two separate things.”

Hart was giving the interview in support of his latest film, The Wedding Ringer, which opens nationwide this weekend.

 

How “Shocking” Was Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Cosby Joke?

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As promised, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler addressed the Bill Cosby rape allegations during Sunday night’s Golden Globes ceremony.

During their opening monologue — which is traditionally when the award ceremony’s hosts poke exceedingly gentle fun at their rich and famous audience – they went after Cosby with what was a very good joke. A solid, well-played, network TV-friendly topical joke.

But judging from the audience’s reaction and Monday’s headlines, you would have thought it was a truly outrageous joke. Here it is, word for word:

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Our Golden Globes Roundup: The Good, The Bad, and The Cosby

From NBC.

From NBC.

This is the first awards season that we are lacking Joan Rivers and her always snarky (but true) commentary on the Hollywood red carpet. However, Joan would be proud: One of the subtle themes running through the 2015 Golden Globe Awards, held on Sunday evening, was the empowerment of women and other sexual minorities. Of course, things weren’t too serious: There were plenty of jokes (some in poor taste) and lots of poking fun at North Korea. We figured we’d try to fill in the void of Ms. Rivers by presenting our highlights of the best and worst moments of last evening’s festivities, co-hosted by hometown hero, Tina Fey (and, of course, Amy Poehler).

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The Sad Demise of the Bill Cosby Legacy

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Philadelphia sounded like such a wonderful place. It was the 1960s, and I was a young black kid, growing up on the side of Kansas City where kids like me grew up while attending school on the other side. I took crosstown buses to get there once I was old enough to travel alone.

I’d been places already: They had names like Savannah, Lufkin and Los Angeles, places where I had family. One of those places went up in flames in 1965, the year before I visited: The rioters torched the building next door but spared my uncle’s package store. Three years later, on the night after Martin Luther King was killed, two business districts near my home also went up in flames while I remained indoors, watching the conflagration on TV.

But I had no relatives in the Northeast. I knew nothing about Columbia Avenue, and they didn’t show that one on TV. I did, however, know about the Ninth Street Bridge, and racing go-karts down a street that “went straight down for a quarter mile and emptied out — onto a freeway.”

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