Bill Cosby wants his fans to know that the show will go on. For the first time since the resurgence of sexual assault and rape allegations against him this past fall, the beleaguered comedian, 77, is speaking out on camera, via a short video message to the public.
The clip, which aired exclusively on ABC's Good Morning America on Monday, March 9, features the Cosby Show alum talking on the phone about his ongoing comedy tour. As in his previous written statements, he makes no mention of the more than two dozen women who've accused him of sexual assault over the past five decades.
"Yes, I'm going to be in Wheeling, West Virginia, Capitol Music Hall," a smiling Cosby says. "8 o'clock show, that's right. You know I'll be hilarious. Can't wait."
According to GMA, the video is accompanied by a written note from the actor. "Dear Fans: I hope you enjoy my wonderful video message that's filled with laughter," it reads. "Hey, hey, hey — I'm far from finished."
The message is similar to one released by the star last month, prior to his set in Lafayette, La., on Feb. 27. That one, like this one, was all about his comedy and made no mention of the scandal surrounding him.
"Dear Fans: For 53 years you have given me your love, support, respect, and trust," he said, as reported by Agence France-Presse. "Thank you! I can't wait to see your smiling faces and warm your hearts with a wonderful gift — LAUGHTER. I'm ready! I thank you, the theatre staff, the event organizers, and the Lafayette community for your continued support and coming to experience family fun entertainment. Hey, hey, hey — I'm far from finished."