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The last “Cosby Show” re-runs are pulled as evidence mounts against Bill Cosby

Adam Pasick
By Adam Pasick

Senior Editor

It’s been a weird feeling to watch re-runs of The Cosby Show ever since the latest allegations have surfaced from more than two dozen women who said they were drugged and raped by legendary comedian Bill Cosby—but that may not be an issue for much longer. BET’s Centric network, the last remaining cable station to air the groundbreaking sitcom, has decided to pull the show once and for all.

“We are no longer airing the series,” a BET spokesperson told Quartz. “We’ve rebranded the network as the first network for African- American women, and out of respect to our audience, we’ve decided to pull it.”

The network’s move comes a day after the Associated Press reported that Cosby acknowledged in a 2005 deposition that he had obtained Quaalude tranquilizers with the intent of giving them to women he wanted to have sex with, and had given several Benadryl allergy tablets to a woman who worked at Temple University.

Centric has pulled The Cosby Show re-runs before, but only temporarily; Philadelphia Magazine reported in December 2014 that the network planned to ”rest” the show, which aired from 1984 to 1992, for an unspecified amount of time. As of today, July 7, the show was prominently displayed on Centric’s website, with a marathon planned for July 11.

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Adweek, which first reported Centric’s decision to pull The Cosby Show, also said cable network Bounce was pulling reruns of the sitcom Cosby, which ran from 1996-2000 on CBS. TV Land stopped airing re-runs of The Cosby Show last year as rape allegations mounted.

The disappearance of The Cosby Show from TV comes less than a week after another beloved ’80s show, The Dukes of Hazzard, was pulled from TV Land amid a growing controversy over public displays of the Confederate flag, which was featured on the show’s centerpiece car, the General Lee.

Centric had been airing The Cosby Show for four hours a day, Monday through Friday. A spokesperson told Quartz that it will be replaced by the sitcom Family Matters.

This post has been updated.

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