Amidst a resurgent uproar over a number of rape allegations, Bill Cosby’s scheduled Wednesday night appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman has been cancelled.
The Associated Press reports that Cosby spokesperson David Brokaw confirmed the comedian would no longer be appearing on the show as planned, and Late Show representative Kimberly Izzo-Emmet said that Wednesday’s show would feature Regis Philbin in his stead. Neither would disclose the reason.
This marks the second cancelled appearance for Cosby, following another cancelled engagement for the October 30 episode of The Queen Latifah Show. The comedian has come under renewed scrutiny as of late following a standup set by comedian Hannibal Buress that went viral, which in turn prompted one of his alleged victims, Barbara Bowman, to write a Washington Post op-ed criticizing the thirty years it took for her allegations to be taken seriously.
Cosby has never been criminally charged and settled a civil suit with one of his accusers in 2006.