Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner spoke out about the sexual assault allegations against comedian Bill Cosby, telling The Associated Press on Friday that they "tarnished" the iconic '80s sitcom. Amid backlash over dozens of women accusing Cosby of rape, sexual assault, and drugging, TV Land pulled all re-runs of the show in 2014.
"My biggest concern is when it comes to images of people of color on television and film, no matter what...negative stereotypes of people of color, we've always had The Cosby Show to hold up against that," he said. "And the fact that we no longer have that, that's the thing that saddens me the most because in a few generations the Huxtables will have been just a fairy tale."
Warner said he's been in touch with Cosby, but wouldn't comment on their conversations. Cosby has not been charged with any crime.
Months after he flat-out refused to answer any questions related to the more than 30 allegations of sexual misconduct against him, Bill Cosby has broken his silence on the topic, sitting down Friday with Good Morning America's Linsey Davis for a TV interview that will air in full Friday night on ABC's Nightline.
Davis asked the 77-year-old comedian if he thought the allegations — all of which Cosby denies, and he hasn't been criminally charged — could negatively influence his work with young people by "overshadowing" his message. He offered her this non-answer: "I have been in this business 52 years and I've never seen anything like this. Reality is a situation and I can't speak."