It seems Hulu is showing up late to the Bill Cosby party as the streaming service is reportedly finally dropping The Cosby Show from its roster, and joining the ranks of every other network that already stopped airing reruns of the 80’s family sitcom. As of Nov. 7, Cosby’s eponymous show will no longer air on Hulu after the network opted out of renewing its licensing deal with the series producer, The Carsey-Werner Production Company.
Hulu insiders say the network isn’t pulling the plug because of Cosby’s sexual assault allegations, but had more to do with its relationship with the production company, pointing to the other Carsey-Werner series that left the network this past September including A Different World, Cybil and Grace Under Fire.
Hulu’s non-renewal leaves the former family classic without a streaming platform, after all other entertainment outlets that carried the sitcom, most notably TV Land, dropped the show as Cosby’s sexual abuse allegations and legal cases gained credibility over the past two years. Fans of the show can still buy episodes for $1.99 an episode on Amazon.
When a reporter at the time of the surfacing of the sexual assault allegations asked Cosby how his longtime wife Camille was handling the situation, said, “Love and the strength of womanhood,” Cosby, began, adding, “Let me say it again, love and the strength of womanhood. And, you could reverse it, the strength of womanhood and love.”