Have you noticed there hasn’t been a rush to interview Bill Cosby since the convicted sex felon was set free this week by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania?
Usually Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Savanah Guthrie and Robin Roberts would trample each other in their nine-inch stilettos as they race to get their microphone in front of the face of someone this high profile just sprung from prison.
Not only that, but if you loved “The Cosby Show” back in the 1980’s, hopefully you’ve got a stack of VHS tapes and a VCR in the basement so you can watch The Cos when he was known as a tv star instead of a pervert who drugged women to have sex with them.
Most major networks don’t air reruns of his show, and this is by choice because syndication is a very lucrative part of the television model. The deals for shows like “Friends,” “Seinfeld,” “Two and a Half Men,” and others reaps billions in profits.
Back in 2017, Forbes estimated that “The Cosby Show” reruns had brought in over $1.5 billion in syndicated cash, but things changed in 2014. That’s when the networks and streamers ran from Cosby as the parade of women came forward alleging sexual misconduct.
That meant a massive drop in income for the cast and stars of the show, especially Cosby and Phylicia Rashad. Is there a vibe in the television world that now that Cosy is free the reruns will return to an Amazon Prime, Netflix or Hulu?
Nope. There hasn’t been one carrier that has announced plans to pick up the show.