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While discussing his early comedic influences during a visit to Norm Macdonald Live, the Seinfeld co-creator told the host, “I think Bill Cosby is the biggest comedian of all time. I don’t think anyone will ever match his production and quality of material.”
After pausing to let Seinfeld’s comment sink in, Macdonald echoed, “I love Bill Cosby.” He added, “I had maybe the greatest Bill Cosby story ever, and now it’s not top 10,000. Because I’ll tell people the story, and then I’ll constantly be interrupted by, ‘Did he rape you?’ He didn’t ever rape me. It had nothing to do with the story.”
Seinfeld and Macdonald then shifted the conversation to touch on the disgraced comedian’s downfall following multiple accusations from women claiming they were drugged and molested by him. Cosby is currently awaiting a retrial in November after the sexual assault case was declared a mistrial back in June.
“How much are you bothered by the fact that this comedian who you really thought was great turns out to be this person doing horrible things? Do you separate his work from the person? Does it taint it at all?” Seinfeld asked, to which MacDonald replied, “Not at all.”
The host then countered Seinfeld’s question: “[If] you hear Beethoven raped his own daughter … would you give a good god damn?”
“Yeah, I would. That’s pretty bad. Pick a different crime,” Seinfeld joked.
Watch the episode below (the Cosby discussion begins at 5:20).
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