"The Cosby Show" kids are speaking out about the allegations surrounding Bill Cosby which claim the comedian drugged and/or sexually assaulted more than 50 women over the span of four decades. While "America's dad" has fallen off his pedestal in the eyes of many fans, his former co-stars are still coming to terms with the reality of the situation.
Keshia Knight Pulliam, best known for her role as Rudy Huxtable on "The Cosby Show," shared her thoughts on the matter in a recent interview with TheGrio and defended the legacy of the classic sitcom.
"I can say that, based upon the people that continuously approach me and talk about how it's profoundly impacted their lives, I don't feel you can take that back," she said. "You can't take back the impact that it’s had on generations of kids, and it's continuing to have such a positive impact on them. So I feel like the place that it has in people's hearts is such a nostalgic part of childhood and beyond, it's going to be difficult to take back those memories."
Pulliam also stood by past comments she made on Cosby, saying that the monster being painted in the media is not the man she knows and loves.
"My comment doesn't really change, because, still, regardless of how many… that's just not the man I know," Pulliam said. "That's not who I experienced. I never had that interaction with him, so I can’t speak to it."
Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who played Theo Huxtable for eight seasons on "The Cosby Show," seems to be troubled with how the sexual assault allegations have "tarnished" the series.
"My biggest concern is when it comes to images of people of color on television and film, no matter what ... negative stereotypes of people of color, we've always had 'The Cosby Show' to hold up against that. And the fact that we no longer have that, that's the thing that saddens me the most because in a few generations the Huxtables will have been just a fairy tale," Warner told The Associated Press on Thursday.
Warner said he has been in contact with Cosby, but would not share the details of their conversations.
"I think the things that we discussed really have to stay private between us. But it's just a bad situation all around — for him, for his family, the women, their families, the legacy of the show," he added.
News of Pulliam and Warner's reactions come as Cosby is being sued by an alleged victim. The woman claims she was drugged and sexually assaulted by the star in 2008 and the case is currently being reviewed by the Los Angeles District Attorney's office.
Cosby, who has never been formally charged, is scheduled to be deposed Friday (Oct. 9) in relation to a lawsuit filed by a woman who claims she was sexually assaulted in 1974.
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