UPDATE: Netflix, NBC Drop Bill Cosby Projects
In the wake of a string of new rape allegations against Bill Cosby, Netflix has announced it will not premiere his comedy special that was scheduled to air the day after Thanksgiving. More from The Week:
The streaming service said in a statement that it is postponing the launch of his new stand-up special, Bill Cosby 77, and did not give a new date. The announcement came after two more women stepped forward Tuesday saying they were sexually assaulted by Cosby, including former model and reality TV star Janice Dickinson.
Cosby also has an NBC deal in the works, Deadline notes, with a series set to air later in 2015. The network has been asked by protestors to stop the project; as part of his deal, Cosby will receive a large sum of money if the show doesn’t go to pilot. NBC did not comment.
[Update: 1:54 p.m.] Buzzfeed is now reporting that NBC has officially dropped their upcoming project with Cosby, which was set to air in 2015. Though they would not comment on the accusations against Cosby, Buzzfeed reports that a source at the network said, “We never went as far as a delivered script and it had never even been greenlit to production.” According to previous reports about the NBC pilot deal, Cosby was set to receive substantial financial compensation should the project not go forward.