D.L. Hughley Rips Bill Cosby: 'He's A Humorist, Humanitarian And A Rapist'

Entertainment | Camille Travis | 07/24/2015 | 11:30 AM EDT

Hughley recalls a 2009 interview with Cosby that almost cost him his career

D.L. Hughley is never one to bite his tongue on the hot topics of the moment, and the controversy surrounding fellow comedian Bill Cosby is no exception.

The radio host recently shared his thoughts on the issue during a visit to "Sway in the Morning," where he called Cosby "a humorist, a humanitarian and a rapist." Hughley said his issues with the embattled 78-year-old star go far past the sexual assault allegations, as he recalled a 2009 interview with Cosby.

Hughley shared:

"In 2009, remember Kiss FM was here and I was hosting a show. People don't know that Bill Cosby sought actively to try to get [Def Comedy Jam] out of there. He didn't like it at all. So we had a run-in and I knew he didn't like me and I didn't like him. He called in 2009 to do an interview. I was at Kiss FM in New York ... me, Jackie Reid, Steve Wilson. Bill Cosby calls, he had a gig in Connecticut. I knew he didn't like me so I just let them do the interview and about ten minutes in, he was being such a dick. So I said, 'Mr. Cosby, what do you want us to know?' He said, 'Who is this? D.L. Hughley? You say nigga and you do this.' And I say, 'With all due respect Mr. Cosby, when I cuss or I say nigga, no girl ends up with her underwear on backwards and drugged. And when I say nigga and cuss, it's on stage-- not on a police report.' And we [went] back and forth. [...] Five or ten minutes later, the people from Kiss FM and Emmis Communications came and took that tape and said, 'If it airs, you'll never work in radio again.' They took it from everybody and said this better never air and it did not. I know he's powerful enough to make that happen."

Check out Hughley's entire interview below.

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