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Publisher removes celebrity blurbs from Bill Cosby biography's web pages

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Simon & Schuster has pulled a number of celebrity endorsements for Mark Whitaker’s Bill Cosby biography, which was published in September, from web pages for online retailers. The biography, Cosby, didn’t mention the sexual abuse allegations that recently became publicized, and was widely criticized for not doing so.

The Associated Press first broke the news, and Cary Goldstein, the Simon & Schuster vice president’s and executive director of publicity, confirmed to EW that it would pull the blurbs because of “recent events.”

“Simon & Schuster and the author have decided to remove all of the celebrity endorsements we received prior to publication last fall,” Goldstein said in a statement. “In addition, there is no plan for releasing a paperback edition, or for issuing a revised version of the book.”

Praise from Billy Crystal, Mary Tyler Moore, and others will not appear on Amazon.com or other retailers. Moore’s quote had read, “If I was America’s ‘sweetheart’ — turning the world on with a smile — then Bill Cosby was and still is our ‘best man,” and Crystal had deemed the book, “A revealing, honest look at my favorite comedian.”

Goldstein also confirmed that some celebrities asked for their blurbs be removed, and Jerry Seinfeld and David Letterman’s reps confirmed that the comedians requested their comments be disassociated. “We were unaware that those quotes were still in circulation, and are asking the publisher to refrain from their future use,” Tom Keaney, who represents them both, said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

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