Bill Cosby critical of the lack of good role models on TV in an ironic archival 1979 Interview

Comedian Bill Cosby giving a 1979 press Conference
Comedian Bill Cosby giving a 1979 press Conference in KS (photo by Vickie Cooper)

Bill Cosby’s troubles continue to mount.  On Tuesday a Riverside County, California woman, Judy Huth,  filed a lawsuit against the beleaguered comedian alleging he sexually assaulted her in 1974 at the Playboy Mansion when she was 15 years old.

The lawsuit is the latest in a series of sexual assault accusations against 77 year old Cosby.   Cosby’s attorney Martin D. Singer, describes the recent accusations as “unsubstantiated, fantastical stories.”

Meanwhile, many of Cosby’s scheduled stage performances have been cancelled.  Television executives have halted two of Cosby’s television projects and have also yanked reruns of the popular, “The Cosby Show,” off the air.  The sitcom dominated television ratings from1984 to 1992.  Before the show, most people primarily knew the comedian for his jello pudding commercials and Fat Albert cartoons along with his many stand-up comedy routines.

There is a bit of irony in the latest troubles facing the revered comedian. In a 1979 press conference, five years before his popular sitcom,  Cosby was critical about the lack of good role models on television.  The press conference took place before his show at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, KS.

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Excerpt of the 1979 press conference at the KS State Fair:

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Amid the wave of sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby, the comedian resigned Monday from the board of trustees of his alma mater, Temple University.