Larry Wilmore on Bill Cosby: How Many More Women Need to Come Forward?
The Nightly Show host takes aim at Bill Cosby on the second night of his Comedy Central show
Larry Wilmore waited all of 24 hours before addressing one of the most polarizing figures in America right now: Bill Cosby.
The 52-year-old writer/commentator – who just started hosting Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show on Monday – used his second night on the job to take aim at the “hurricane of horrors” surrounding Cosby.
“Tonight, we’re talking Bill Cosby,” Wilmore announced at the start of the show. “We’ll ask the question, ‘Did he do it?’ The answer will be yes.”
Wilmore also explained why he decided to declare open season on the 77-year-old comedian, who’s been accused of sexually assaulting numerous women during the height of his popularity on TV.
“There’s a statute of limitations on the charges, but there’s no statue of limitations on my opinion, and I’m telling you that mother—— did it!”
“Why aren’t people listening to these women?” Wilmore asked. “Is it because most of this allegedly happened so long ago? Is it because some of them went into Cosby’s hotel room alone? Is it because he’s so famous? Or is it just because they’re women? Because I would say enough have come forward. The current tally stands at 35 women. Really, folks, how many more do we need?”
Wilmore also took a swipe at Cosby’s decision to continue touring despite the barrage of allegations. “Regardless of whether he’s innocent or guilty, it seems like it’s in poor taste to continue his comedy tour. The worst place to address these allegations is from a stage.”
Over the weekend, Gloria Allred hosted a rally in Denver to support the women who’ve spoken out against Cosby. The event was called “Teach In and Speak Out” and was attended by about 75 men and women. Meanwhile, Cosby was greeted with huge cheers at comedy shows in the same city.
Cosby’s attorney, Martin Singer, has previously shot down accusations against his client.
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