Bill Cosby; Phylicia Rashad

*In a recent interview that just surfaced this week, Bill Cosby claims that his chemistry with Phylicia Rashad on “The Cosby Show” was ruined when she became pregnant by her then-husband Ahmad Rashad.

News One posted a video Monday (Dec. 29) of an interview with Cosby that was done back in November. The conversation with News One’s Roland Martin pivoted from “A Different World” to “The Cosby Show,” and eventually to Cosby’s on-screen relationship with Rashad, who played his wife Clair Huxtable.

Phylicia and Ahmad Rashad

Phylicia and Ahmad Rashad

Cosby leaned in and brought up Ahmad Rashad, suggesting the ex-football player and sportscaster interfered with the Huxtable dynamic after she became pregnant in real life…and once her baby was born, the on-screen intimacy “was gone” for good:

“Ahmad Rashad messed up that thing. When he married her I didn’t mind, but then she got pregnant and I didn’t want Cliff and Clair to have another kid. So we had to hide her body, which took me away from – took Cliff away from – touching her and playing with her because I didn’t want the audience to see that. So when that season was over, and she went on and had the child, it was gone. Not the love for her, but it was gone in terms of, now we have to get back to the touchy – I just lost it.”

Watch below (the Phylicia Rashad portion begins at 0:57)