Bill Cosby has sent his fans a new video message in which he’s seen wearing what appears to be fuchsia silk pajamas, sitting in a chair talking on a white rotary phone talking to someone at the other end of the line about a stop on his tour.
“You know I’ll be hilarious. Can’t wait!” Cosby says in the optically weird 10-second video.
ABC News, which got the video first and discussed on Good Morning America, billed it as his first video message to fans since assault allegations against the former TV star began pouring in from women — now more than 30.
In a printed message that came with the video, Cosby adds: “Dear Fans: I hope you enjoy my wonderful video message that’s filled with laughter. Hey, hey, hey, I’m far from finished.”
Pundits this morning are mulling Cosby’s latest stab at handling the damage done to his career and reputation by the sheer volume of accusations of unwanted sexual advances. He has continued to tour the country though some of his performances have been canceled or pelted by protests. Most of the women who have come forward claim to have been drugged and/or sexually assaulted by Cosby; he has not been charged and has denied the allegations, speaking through lawyers.
Last month, Cosby said, “I am very appreciative of Eddie and I applaud his actions,” via a statement, dutifully reported by NBC News, in re a report Murphy had been asked, but declined, to play Cosby in a skit during the network’s Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary celebration.
According to SNL alum Norm Macdonald, Murphy decided “the laughs are not worth it…He will not kick a man when he is down.”
In January, however, Larry Wilmore used the Cosby scandal to help launch his own new Comedy Central late-night show:
“We’ll answer the question, ‘Did he do it?’ The answer will be ‘Yes!’” Larry Wilmore said of Cosby, opening the second episode of The Nightly Show, which was devoted entirely to Cosby and the allegations by a growing number of women – now more than 30 of them – that he assaulted them, often after being drugged.