In a move that is sure to draw criticism online, Bounce TV has decided to start airing reruns of “The Cosby Show” again next month.
The Atlanta-based network, which pulled the sitcom in July of 2015 as a stream of sexual assault accusers continued to come forward against Bill Cosby, announced the return of the show’s reruns on Twitter with a GIF of the Huxtable children dancing.
And while the network insists it takes the allegations against the defamed comedian “seriously,” its research into the matter indicates viewers “see a distinction between Bill Cosby, the man, and the iconic TV character Cliff Huxtable.”
Networks TV Land and Centric dropped “The Cosby Show” in 2014 when allegations against the 79-year-old began to mount and have not announced any change to their decisions.
Cosby, who is scheduled to go to trial in June 2017, has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges brought against him by accuser Andrea Constant, a former Temple University employee.
Reruns of “The Cosby Show” will begin running on Bounce TV December 19.