Celebrity Bill Cosby Breaks Silence to Thank Supporters The comedian Tweets words of gratitude to Whoopi Goldberg and Jill Scott By Lynette Rice Lynette Rice Lynette Rice is the former editor at large at Entertainment Weekly. Her work has previously appeared in PEOPLE. People Editorial Guidelines Published on December 3, 2014 03:00 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Todd Williamson/Invision/AP Bill Cosby has broken his silence to show gratitude to Whoopi Goldberg and Jill Scott – two of only a handful of women who have actively gone public in their support of the 77-year-old comedian. On Tuesday, Cosby Tweeted two simple messages to The View co-host and the singer/model for their recent comments giving him the benefit of the doubt. When the allegations of sexual assault first surfaced, Goldberg used her platform on the ABC talk show to say how she has “a lot of questions” for Barbara Bowman, one of the first women to accuse Cosby publicly. Goldberg also questioned why Bowman didn’t seek medical help after the assault supposedly occurred. “Don t you do a kit when you say someone has raped you?” Goldberg said on the talk show. “Isn’t that the next step once you make an allegation?” Scott, meanwhile, used her Twitter feed to defend Cosby by posting messages such as, “oh ok. So they’ve proven the alleged allegations? I didn’t know. Will they also be giving him back the millions he’s donated?” A few of Cosby’s former female costars haven’t addressed others’ accusations about the man best known for playing “America’s Dad” Cliff Huxtable, but they have quashed rumors about their experiences with him. Last month, Lisa Bonet – who played Cosby’s daughter on the NBC comedy The Cosby Show – issued a statement saying she didn’t slam Cosby on Twitter. Before that, Raven-Symoné used her Instagram account to deny that the man who played her step-grandfather ever assaulted her.