*The Bill Cosby saga continues.
On the heels of yet another accuser, a woman named Joyce Emmons, who says Cosby slipped a Quaalude into her drink and hours later she was in bed with one of his buddies, the embattled entertainer found himself in front as a very friendly audience Friday night in Melbourne, Florida.
In fact, while the funnyman’s tour overall is falling apart with cancellations, he joked about his usual subjects of family, wives and childhood Friday to a cheering audience that greeted him with a standing ovation when he took the stage and another when he finished.
The standing ovations come as a surprise to observers in light of the announcements that Cosby shows in Oklahoma, Nevada, Illinois, Arizona, South Carolina and Washington State, were called off as more women came forward and accused entertainer of sexually assaulting them many years ago.
The bottom line is that Cosby has never been charged in connection with any of the allegations. And surprisingly Cosby finally spoke about his situation to Florida Today.
“I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos,” Cosby told the newspaper after the show. “People should fact check. People shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos.”
Tom Werner, who co-founded the Carsey-Werner Company which produced “The Cosby Show,” defended Cosby in a statement to the Boston Globe.
“The Bill we knew was a brilliant and wonderful collaborator on a show that changed the landscape of television,” Werner and partner Marcy Carsey said in the statement. “These recent news reports are beyond our knowledge or comprehension.”
Despite everything swirling around the 77-year-old longtime entertainer, fans filled a sold-out theater in Melbourne, Florida.
At least twice, someone shouted, “We love you, Bill Cosby.”
You can get MORE of this AP story at Huffington Post.
Watch the video of Cosby Friday night (11-21-14), sharing a hilarious story about his very brief time as a fifth-grade track star: