Simon and Schuster, publisher of Mark Whitaker’s Cosby: His Life and Times—much maligned for glossing over Bill Cosby’s long history of sexual assault allegations—has pulled all the celebrity blurbs from the book’s listings on Amazon and elsewhere, the AP reports. In some cases, the celebrities themselves asked to have their endorsements scrubbed from the internet.
The book initially received praised from comedic legends Billy Crystal, Mary Tyler Moore, Jerry Seinfeld, and David Letterman, and jazz great Wynton Marsalis. A rep for Seinfeld and Letterman confirmed they requested their blurbs be removed.
Both have kept their comments on Cosby’s downfall to a minimum. Seinfeld called the situation “sad and incomprehensible,” and Letterman canceled a Cosby appearance on his show late last year. Letterman hasn’t said anything about the allegations against Cosby from more than 40 women. (Of course, that may have something to do with reports that Letterman’s female staffers had to sit and silently watch Cosby eat curry before each of his appearances.)
Considering that there had been reports and even a lawsuit against Cosby as far back as 2005, before the uncomfortable accusations against him somehow disappeared down a memory-hole, that’s certainly true.
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