Netflix: Bill Cosby special not 'appropriate' to release (but DVD rentals will continue)
Netflix reaffirmed its committment to not air its shelved Bill Cosby stand-up special.
Chief content officer Ted Sarandos told reporters, “I don’t think it’s appropriate to release [the special] now” at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour in Beverly Hills, California, on Tuesday.
Netflix was one of the first companies to publicly back out of a business deal with the comedian last November after long-standing rape accusations began to re-surface (and multiple) in the media. The stand-up special, Bill Cosby 77, was scheduled to debut on Thanksgiving when Netflix decided to not release it.
Sarandos defended, however, the company’s apparent ongoing distribution of Cosby’s classic 1980s NBC sitcom, The Cosby Show. “The DVDs might still be the library,” he said. “That DVD business is more about the completeness of things published on DVD. The Cosby Show is produced by NBC and owned by Carsey-Werner; the [stand-up special was] produced by Netflix and branded Netflix. The classic show is on iTunes, it’s on Amazon, it’s on all these other places too. I think it’s appropriate.”
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