10:33am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'The Cosby Show' (and 11 Other Carsey Werner Shows) Leaving Hulu
The Cosby Show is leaving Hulu.
The streaming service has opted to not renew its licensing deal with producers Carsey Werner, and as part of the deal, The Cosby Show will no longer have a streaming platform. The news comes two years after linear network TV Land pulled repeats of the comedy starring Bill Cosby given the comedian's history of alleged sexual abuse and his ongoing legal cases.
Joining The Cosby Show and also leaving Hulu on Nov. 7 are a few other fellow Carsey Werner titles: Damon, 3rd Rock From the Sun, Grounded for Life, Normal, Ohio, That '80s Show, The Tracy Morgan Show and Whoopi. Meanwhile, other Carsey Werner shows that quietly left Hulu in September are A Different World, Cosby, Cybill and Grace Under Fire.
Insiders stress that the decision to let the Carsey Werner pact expire had nothing to do with Cosby's personal problems; the streaming service still has a number of other nostalgic series including Cheers, Wings, Frasier, Seinfeld, My So-Called Life, Saved By the Bell and Taxi.
The move leaves The Cosby Show without a linear network to air repeats and no VOD home; Amazon, however, still sells episodes for $1.99 a shot.
Vulture first reported the news.