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ATLANTA (AP) — Reruns of “The Cosby Show” are returning to television, even as the comedian’s sexual assault trial looms next year.

Bounce TV has announced in social media posts that it will resume airing reruns of the 1980s sitcom on Dec. 19. Atlanta-based Bounce claims to be the first TV network designed and programmed for African-Americans. It says it takes the allegations against Cosby “seriously,” but says its research shows African-Americans “see a distinction between Bill Cosby, the man, and the iconic TV character Cliff Huxtable.”

The announcement has drawn criticism from some, including Judd Apatow. The director and producer tweeted Tuesday, “Presenting a violent rapist to viewers like he is a lovable dad is inappropriate.”

The 79-year-old Cosby has pleaded not guilty to the sexual assault charge in Pennsylvania, where he is scheduled to go on trial by June. He has also generally denied allegations of unwanted sexual contact from dozens of other women.

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14 thoughts on “Bounce TV To Bring Back ‘Cosby Show’ Reruns

  1. penelope jones on said:

    Don’t expect me to EVER watch any program with Bill Cosby! Your just like the government. You think you can cover it up, pretend it didn’t happen, Not gonna watch it. I may stop watching BOUNCE tv totally!!!!! Whomever made this decision must approve of bill cosby crimes!!!!!!

  2. Great….it was only taken off bc it influenced our youth to have vakues and get an education. Put it on after school and watch the schools become influenced in ele and mid schools.

    • specialt757 on said:

      “it was only taken off bc it influenced our youth to have vakues and get an education.” I had never thought about it that way. While I knew it was a positive show depicting influential black life, I thought they took it off to punish Dr. Cosby and while doing so punished the rest of the actors. Great point.

  3. specialt757 on said:

    Best news I’ve heard in months. I have bounce and I will be watching. Now others networks need to follow suit. If the orange face BASTARD trump who is an admitted sexual predator can be elected president surely someone who is an alleged one can be shown on TV on a daily basis.

  4. Wrinthia Kendrick on said:

    The star of “7th Heaven” ADMITTED to inappropriately touching young girls and that show has yet to be off the air! Thanks, Bounce, for giving the people what they want – a Black show that had morals and values with a lot of humor mixed in!

  5. Why not. This country just put an alleged sexual predator in the white house. And he’s hiring his rascit ilk also. Who give a damn. I mean really

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