“Girls Trip” breakout star Tiffany Haddish is setting the record straight on her comments about Bill Cosby.
In a new interview with the Los Angeles Times, the 37-year-old is asked about her comedic inspirations.
“Definitely Richard Pryor,” she begins. “Bill Cosby — I still want to work with Bill Cosby, I don’t care, I’ll drink the juice. I’ll drink the juice. I’ll take a nap. I don’t give a damn. [laughs] But seriously, I would love for him to play my grandfather in something.”
After receiving backlash for her comments, Haddish clarified her statements in an interview on Thursday with the Television Critics Association. Haddish is currently promoting her new show “The Last O.G.” and when asked about the Cosby remark, she said it was a just harmless joke.
“I don’t know if you’ve ever been interviewed before. You do 27 interviews and you’re supposed to be humorous all that time. You’re gonna say some bad jokes. You’re gonna come up with a few not-good jokes. I was trying to make it seem like I’m not afraid to do anything. I’m not afraid of any kind of job, I’m not afraid to play any kind of role, as long as it doesn’t compromise my morals,” Haddish explained according to Variety.
Haddish also made it clear that she doesn’t agree with what Cosby did and what she meant by the joke is that she’s not afraid of anything. “But at the end of the day, I’m not afraid of the big bad wolf. That’s what I was trying to say and I was trying to say it in a humorous way,” she said.
Cosby’s legacy has been dramatically overshadowed by dozens of sexual assault allegations in recent years, including one which resulted in charges against Cosby on three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault. After going to trial, the case was declared a mistrial in June, with a retrial set for November.
Meanwhile, Haddish has been receiving critical acclaim for her role in the hit comedy “Girls Trip”, with numerous reviews dubbing her the film’s breakout star. The comedian’s debut stand-up special is set to debut in August.