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Bill Cosby, Comeback?

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Will Bill Cosby continue to perform stand up? According to his publicist, Andrew Wyatt, Cosby has “been talking to a number of promoters and comedy club owners”.


Cosby, 83 years, was freed recently after serving more than two years out of his three to ten year sentence at a Pennsylvania state prison after a dozens of women accused him of rape and sexual assault. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided that a “non-prosecution agreement” the actor struck with a previous prosecutor should have prevented him from being charged in a case that stemmed from a 2004 encounter with accuser Andrea Constand.

Here’s Cosby’s social media post after his release.

Many in Hollywood were stunned to learn the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned Cosby’s conviction. Many celebrities turned to social media to decry what they believe to be a miscarriage of justice. One prominent supporter was Cosby’s former “The Cosby Show” co-star Phylicia Rashad, tweeted that a “terrible wrong is being righted.” However, she subsequently had to walk that back by issuing a statement saying she supports survivors of sexual assault coming forward.

What’s next for Cosby? Not sure but his publicist suggests that the Cosby camp are exploring potential opportunities to get Cosby back on stage. Other controversial celebrities who have lost their platforms tried to mount a comeback. For example, Bill O’Reilly, the former Fox News Channel primetime anchor, launched a speaking tour with comedian Dennis Miller after the Fox Corp terminate and cancelled his show in 2017. Another comedian, Louis C.K., has had a semi-successful return to stand-up in the wake of admitting he masturbated in front of five women in 2017. However, he has not been full embraced by studios and streaming outlets.

Some speculate Cosby may launch his own direct-to-consumer property, via a podcast or Substack newsletter. Most insiders believe major studios would not risk a backlash from viewers and audiences. In addition, many media executives, actors, show runners, directors and other top talent would protest working for or with Cosby again. They believe if Cosby still wants to have any kind of public-facing career, his only option would be to operate on the fringes of the industry.

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