Over a year after pulling The Cosby Show reruns off the air, in the midst of the news surrounding Bill Cosby’s alleged rape allegations, Bounce TV announced they will end the wildly successful show’s ban starting next month.
Now in my opinion, it was crazy to ban reruns of a beloved show that framed so many childhoods including mine. Thursday nights of Must See TV was a thing that I looked forward to as a youngster. To assume people were not smart enough to separate the fictional character, Heathcliff Huxtable, from the actual man was a bit insulting. Bill Cosby’s accusations take nothing away from the show’s great lessons that were relevant then and remain relevant now. News media decided they were the only shops who should make any money from Bill Cosby moving forward and networks pulled the show to avoid bad press.
The announcement of the return was made via the Bounce TV Twitter account.
I say BRAVO to Bounce TV for listening and having a high enough estimation of its viewers to know they can separate the character from the man. Thank you Bounce TV.
Reruns returns on December 19. Check their website and follow them on social media for updates and times.
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