Walk of Fame Refuses to Remove Bill Cosby, Donald Trump Stars: "The Answer Is No"
"Once a star has been added to the Walk, it is considered a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame."
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which oversees the Walk of Fame, is flat-out refusing to remove the stars of Bill Cosby and Donald Trump despite widespread demands to do so.
In a statement released to The Hollywood Reporter, Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Leron Gubler says, "The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has received inquiries asking whether we are planning to remove the stars of Donald Trump and Bill Cosby. The answer is no. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a registered historic landmark. Once a star has been added to the Walk, it is considered a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Because of this, we have never removed a star from the Walk."
The late Johnny Grant, who chaired the Hollywood Walk of Fame Committee for many years, once made the following statement when asked whether a star ever could be removed: “Stars are awarded for professional achievement to the world of entertainment and contributions to the community. A celebrity’s politics, philosophy, irrational behavior, outrageous remarks or anything like that have never been cause to remove a Walk of Fame star."
Activists and protesters have been calling for the removal of Cosby's and Trump's stars in the wake of controversies surrounding each figure: Cosby for numerous rape allegations and Trump for his comments about illegal immigrants.
Cosby's star has been vandalized repeatedly with words like "rapist."