TV Land Pulls 'The Cosby Show' Reruns Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

The news comes after NBC and Netflix shelved projects with the comedian.

ByABC News
November 20, 2014, 12:24 AM

— -- TV Land has pulled planned repeats of "The Cosby Show" from its schedule amid sexual assault allegations against the comedian, ABC News has learned.

A TV Land spokesperson told ABC News the shows will stop airing immediately. The next airing was scheduled for Sunday.

NBC and Netflix also shelved projects with the comedian today. A spokeswoman for NBC said the network's Cosby project was no longer in development, but offered no further comment.

A source close to the project added that it was still in its nascent stages. There was no delivered script and the project had not been green-lit to production.

David Brokaw, a representative for Cosby, couldn't be reached for comment about the decisions made by TV Land and NBC.

Netflix postponed the launch of a new Bill Cosby stand-up comedy special, a spokesman with the streaming service told ABC News.

“Bill Cosby 77,” which was taped on Cosby’s 77th birthday in July, was scheduled to premiere on Netflix on Nov. 27, with a focus on topics such as marriage, relationships and children.

“At this time we are postponing the launch of the new stand-up comedy special ‘Bill Cosby 77,’” Netflix said in a statement.

“My client agrees with Netflix,” Brokaw said.

Cosby, who has never been criminally charged in connection with the allegations and has repeatedly denied them in the past, was first publicly accused of assault 10 years ago in 2004. The allegations have gained attention in recent weeks as a number of women have come forward.

John P. Schmitt, Cosby's lawyer, posted a notice Sunday to the famed comedian's website, saying Cosby would not be addressing "decade-old, discredited allegations," even though some women have recently come forward for the first time publicly.

"The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true," Schmitt said in the statement. "There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives."

Cosby declined to address the allegations in an interview with NPR posted Saturday, simply shaking his “head no,” interviewer Scott Simon said.