I guess after the results of the presidential election, this shouldn’t really be a surprise. The Cosby Show reruns are returning to TV because a whole bunch of people are apparently not concerned about Bill Cosby’s ongoing rape trial — at least, not when it interferes with their viewing pleasure.
Bounce TV, one of the networks that yanked Cosby’s famous sitcom from the air when sexual abuse allegations started mounting against him last year, just announced that they’ll restore the show to airwaves before the end of the year.
You asked, and we heard you loud and clear, Bouncers,” the network tweeted. “We’re bringing back The Cosby Show by popular demand!”
Cosby has been accused of rape and sexual assault by more than 50 women. He was finally charged by a Pennsylvania district attorney late last year, and now faces three counts of indecent aggravated assault in relation to claims made by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand that Cosby drugged and raped her in 2004.
Constand’s case is the only one that could have Cosby headed to trial, though his lawyers are doing everything they can to prevent it from getting to that point. Most recently, they submitted a brief to the court saying that because Cosby is legally blind, he’s unable to identify the women who are accusing him of assault.
“How can a 79-year-old blind man defend himself against a claim that he sexually assaulted someone he supposedly met once, half a century ago?” Cosby’s lawyers wrote. “The answer is simple: He cannot, and the Commonwealth knows he cannot… Without his eyesight, Mr. Cosby cannot even determine whether he has ever even seen some of his accusers, let alone develop defenses and gather exculpatory evidence. Moreover, Mr. Cosby’s memory has substantially declined in the last decade.”
Before you go, check out our slideshow below.