The Cosby Show‘s legacy has taken a hit in the wake of the growing scandal surrounding its star Bill Cosby, acknowledged one of the show’s top exec producers.
“I certainly think that at the moment the show is kind of tarnished,” Cosby Show EP Tom Werner told TVInsider. “But hopefully people can distinguish between the show and Bill. I think about all the great episodes that we’ve done and the impact that it had. I’m certainly hoping that people can continue to watch it.”
That’s assuming people can even find Cosby Show reruns. Several networks — TV Land, Centric and Bounce — have pulled the show from their lineups in response to accusations that Cosby sexually assaulted more than 40 women. (Previously sealed court documents from 2005 revealed that the comedian admitted to giving prescription drugs to multiple women for sexual purposes.)
“Certainly it’s a challenge right now,” Werner added. “But I’m hoping that time will pass and that all the great acting and the great stories and the memorable moments will still be able to be viewed.”