During an interview with NPR Weekend Addition, Bill Cosby, 77,refused to answer questions about recent reemerged allegations against him.
Cosby appeared on the radio program to talk about 62 pieces of African and African American art donated by him and his wife to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. The interview started off talking about the exhibit, “Conversations: African and African-American Artworks In Dialogue,” but soon took an interesting turn.
SIMON: This question gives me no pleasure, Mr. Cosby, but there have been serious allegations raised about you in recent days. You’re shaking your head no. [SILENCE] I’m in the news business. I have to ask the question – do you have any response to those charges? [SILENCE] Shaking your head no – there are people who love you who might like to hear from you about this. I want to give you the chance. [SILENCE] All right, Camille and Bill Cosby – they have lent 62 pieces from their collection of African and African-American artists to create an exhibit called “Conversations: African and African-American Artworks In Dialogue.” It’s now on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art through early 2016. Thank you both for joining us.
Reaction to the interview range from supporters of Cosby angry that host Scott Simon asked the question, to others praising the NPR personality for taking the conversation there.
Cosby, who was scheduled to appear on the Late Show with David Letterman, canceled his Nov. 19 appearance with the talk show host.
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