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Cosby had been scheduled for the Nov. 19 episode but has been replaced by Regis Philbin, to whom host David Letterman has often turned to fill in when a guest cancels.
It is unclear whether Cosby or The Late Show canceled the appearance. A rep for The Late Show declined to comment.
Cosby has been the center of controversy after allegations he sexually assaulted multiple women resurfaced. In 2006, the comedian settled out of court with a woman who claimed he’d sexually assaulted her. According to court documents, the attorneys planned to bring forward 13 other women with similar allegations. Cosby has denied these allegations.
But the claims re-emerged after critics complained that a new Cosby biography left out the rape allegations. A rant from stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress about the allegations also brought them to the forefront, as well as the news in January that Cosby was reteaming with NBC for a new sitcom.
Cosby recently withdrew from a planned appearance on The Queen Latifah Show, while a meme contest publicized on Cosby’s Twitter account became a platform for his critics to lash out at the comedian over the rape allegations.
Nov. 15, 10:30 a.m.: Updated with Late Show declined comment.
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