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Despite the many, many allegations of sexual assault made against Bill Cosby, The Cosby Show producer is still hopeful that people will watch the show.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Tom Werner, who worked with Cosby on both The Cosby Show and its later iteration Cosby, said that he hoped the cultural impact of *The Cosby Show * would survive the wave of scandal surrounding its star.
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“The legacy of the show is obviously very important to me, because the show was a groundbreaking show and it portrayed a middle-class African-American family in a very positive way. It had a lot of stories that resonated with families because people watched it together,” Werner said.
When the reporter asked about Cosby specifically, Werner said, “I don’t really want to comment on it,” but then went on to add, “Obviously it’s a challenging time for Bill Cosby and a challenging time for the show, but I’m hoping that people will still be able to watch the show and identify with the Huxtables.” Unfortunately for the legacy of Werner‘s show, it‘s currently difficult to find The Cosby Show on television, as networks have canceled reruns since the start of the ongoing scandal.
Werner has not spoken about Cosby to the press since November 2014, when he and his Cosby and The Cosby Show producing partner Marcy Carsey released a joint statement, in seeming shock over the allegations: “The Bill we know was a brilliant and wonderful collaborator on a show that changed the landscape of television. These recent news reports are beyond our knowledge or comprehension.”
Since November 2014, dozens more women have come forward to accuse Cosby of drugging and/or assaulting them, including Beverley Johnson, who shared her story with VF.com in December. New York magazine’s July 27 to August 9, 2015 issue featured 35 accusers on its cover.
Werner is now on the press circuit to promote his new Starz series, Survivor‘s Remorse, and might find himself on the receiving end of a few more Cosby-related questions.