The actress who played Bill Cosby's wife remembers the show fondly, even in the midst of allegations against her costar

By Maggie Parker
Updated May 14, 2015 09:20 AM
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Nothing can tarnish the fond memories Phylicia Rashad has from The Cosby Show, not even the ongoing scandal involving her former costar Bill Cosby.

“It was fun, it was great,” the actress who played Clair Huxtable told reporters at The Paley Center for Media’s Tribute to African-American Achievements in Television in New York City on Wednesday. “We enjoyed our work every week,” Rashad added.

But, more importantly, she adored the moments spent with Bill Cosby and the rest of the Huxtable clan. “We enjoyed being with each other, it was a great time,” said Rashad, 66, recalling the days before more than 40 women accused the show’s figurehead of sexual assault.

As the accusations poured in over the past year, the woman who played Cosby’s TV wife for eight years remained silent, keeping the public wondering about whether or not she would speak out in his defense.

Finally, Rashad broke her silence in an exclusive interview for ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir in January. In the interview, the award-winning actress described former costar as “a genius” and “kind.”

But that hasn’t stopped more accusations from surfacing. At the beginning of May, another two women came forward claiming they had been drugged and assaulted by the comedian.

No matter what anyone says or does, however, Rashad will always cherish her time on the show. Asked about the most memorable and life-changing moment she’s experienced as an African-American woman in the television industry, Rashad credited The Cosby Show. “Definitely the success of The Cosby Show, and the shows that followed, A Different World. Definitely those things,” she said.

In her eyes, that was just the beginning: “Look at what’s happening today,” Rashad added. “It’s phenomenal. It’s outstanding. It’s amazing, it’s exciting. And not just for African Americans but for all of us because the programming is so unique. The programming is so innovative. It’s so stimulating, it gets us going.”