Bill Cosby was quietly dumped by CAA, which represented him since 2012, and he is now without talent representation in Hollywood. Cosby, accused of drugging and raping more than two dozen women, was dropped by the talent agency late last year per insiders at the agency – long before the latest revelation surfaced that he’d admitted in a deposition to having obtained Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with.
“We do not represent him at this time,” a CAA official told Deadline.
Cosby is still listed as a CAA client on IMDBpro.com and he was on the list of clients in play when a dozen agents from the comedy department defected to UTA (though he was already in the midst of scandal and was probably the only one not being fought over at the time). Cosby made a splash when he moved to CAA in 2012 after being represented by the William Morris Agency for 48 years. When NBC’s The Cosby Show was at the peak of popularity, he was probably the most important client in the WMA fold, because of all the money that agency made from packaging fees. That is a distant memory, and at present, the only one sticking by him is David Brokaw, his longtime publicist who is the son of Norman Brokaw, the former WMA chairman who was Cosby’s longtime rep. David Brokaw declined comment here. Unless Cosby can somehow prove that the allegations are false, it seems unlikely he will need an agent for he’ll probably never work in this town again. As he turns 78 on Sunday, the latest development in his stunning fall from grace is Disney’s decision to remove a bronze statue from Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.
Cosby isn’t the first star to be dumped by his agent after becoming toxic in Hollywood. OJ Simpson was dumped by ICM, which had represented him for 20 years, shortly after he was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman. And Mel Gibson was dropped by WME five years ago after a secretly taped conversation was made public, in which he made racist comments.