*In a Nov. 6 interview with the Associated Press in D.C., Bill Cosby refused to answer questions about sex assault allegations made against him by various women and he requested that his no comment be edited out of the interview…or in his words, “scuttled.”
The AP spoke to Cosby and his wife, Camille, in a joint interview for an art exhibit at the Smithsonian from the couple’s personal collection. When AP reporter Brett Zongker asked Cosby about his sexual assault scandal, as well as comedian Hannibal Burress’ stand-up routine that addressed Cosby’s allegations, the actor replied, “No, no. We don’t answer that.”
Cosby, 77, also said “there’s no response” and “I don’t talk about it” when asked about the allegations.
Then, he asked Zongker that his on-camera refusal to comment about the allegations not be used, saying, “And I would appreciate it if it was scuttled.”
Zongker implied that editing decisions weren’t up to him. Cosby, replied, “I think if you want to consider yourself to be serious, that [the “no comment”] will not appear anywhere.”
Cosby continued, “And we thought, by the way, because it was AP that it wouldn’t be necessary to go over that question with you.”
Needless to say, the AP released that previously-unaired exchange on Wednesday…exactly two weeks after the interview was filmed, and hours after TV Land pulled planned repeats of “The Cosby Show” from its schedule and NBC and Netflix shelved projects with the comedian.