Bill Cosby reruns pulled from BET's Centric, Bounce TV
One day after court documents revealed that Bill Cosby admitted in a 2005 deposition that he had drugged women with the intent of having sex with them, two more networks have parted ways with the embattled comedian.
Bounce TV confirms in a statement to EW that it has ceased airing reruns of Cosby, and BET’s Centric Network — a competitor of Bounce — has pulled reruns of The Cosby Show.
Upwards of 40 women have stepped forward with allegations of sexual assault following the flood of accusations that emerged following a stand-up set performed by Hannibal Buress back in October, in which he called Cosby a “rapist.”
When asked by EW why the networks chose to pull the reruns now — TVLand pulled reruns back in November — Bounce TV replied that the network had only been airing Cosby for a few weeks. Centric had no comment.
Bounce TV is a digital multicast network founded in 2011 and is the No. 2 most-watched African-American network, according to a press release, and is carried by local television stations. Centric, launched in 1996, is a 24-hour music and entertainment channel under the umbrella of the BET Network geared toward African-American women.