When even the star of Fat Albert is calling his integrity into question, things might really be over for Bill Cosby, career-wise. During a stand-up show at the University of Pittsburgh on Monday, Kenan Thompson, who played the titular character in the film adaptation of Cosby’s classic cartoon series, called Cosby a “monster” and spoke at length about the comedian’s numerous rape allegations, according to an account from one of the show’s audience members. While, it seemed, he was careful to mention that Cosby hadn’t yet been convicted of anything, Thompson did also discuss losing some respect for Cosby several years ago, after getting to work with him on Fat Albert in 2004.
Thompson is hardly the first comedian to hurl harsh words for Bill Cosby. In fact, his commentary is not even the most damning statement to be issued. But these words are significant because of Thompson’s career proximity to Cosby. After all, not only did he play Fat Albert, but Thompson has been doing a spot-on Cosby caricature on Saturday Night Live for years now– most recently during the show’s 40th anniversary special (Watch video below). Eddie Murphy reportedly refused to play Cosby during the show and so Kenan happily stepped in. Like many young comedians, he grew up idolizing the groundbreaking comedian; it must have come as quite a shock, then, when Thompson introduced him to his mother on the set of Fat Albert. As reported in Buzzfeed: “’Cosby pulled me aside and said that after the movie comes out, it’ll be so hard to keep the women off you, you’ll need two dicks.’” And the comedian allegedly said the first time Cosby met his mother, he ‘bounced her on his lap and said something about horse riding like a kiddie.’”
Gross. Failing all else, if true, this surely makes Cosby one sick puppy.