Bill Cosby Removed From Television Academy's Hall of Fame on Website
The entertainer's name no longer appears on the Academy's online honorees list and a statue of Cosby that once was installed in the Hall of Fame Plaza will not be returning.
A week after Bill Cosby was convicted of sexual assault by a Pennsylvania jury, the Television Academy has removed the entertainer from its list of Hall of Fame honorees on its website. Cosby was inducted in 1992 during a ceremony at Walt Disney World.
The former Cosby Show star's name no longer appears on the Academy's online honorees list and a statue of Cosby that once was installed in the Hall of Fame Plaza will not be returning after being removed during renovations. (A laudatory bio still existed on the Academy's website at press time, however.)
The move follows a rush by other institutions to remove honors formerly bestowed on the comedian and actor: Since the conviction on April 26, Yale University and Temple University (Cosby's alma mater) have rescinded the honorary degrees they gave him, and Bounce TV has pulled Cosby Show reruns from the air.
Cosby faces more than 50 accusations of sexual misconduct from women across four decades. He was convicted last week of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand, former director of operations for the women's basketball team at Temple University, in 2004.
The Television Academy still lists Tom Brokaw, who last week was accused of sexual misconduct with younger colleagues at NBC News in the 1990s, as a member of its Hall of Fame. Brokaw denies the claims.
May 2, 6:00 p.m. Updated to reflect locations of removal.