The happiest place on earth no longer has a place for Bill Cosby. As the scandal surrounding the now-disgraced comedian continues, Walt Disney World is actively distancing the brand from the star it once celebrated.
Representatives for the theme park confirmed in a statement to the Orlando Sentinel on Tuesday, July 7, that a statue of Cosby is being taken down from Disney's Hollywood Studios. A bronze bust of the Cosby Show alum, 77, has stood at the park for years, but was finally removed on Tuesday evening.
Before its removal, the statue stood in the park's Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza, which also includes tributes to such small screen icons as Lucille Ball, Oprah Winfrey, Dick Clark, and Walt Disney himself. While the statue is no longer on display, Cosby is still included on Disney World's official website in the list of "past and present television greats" honored at the plaza.
The decision to take down the Cosby homage follows new details on the star's history of alleged sexual misconduct. The Associated Press obtained and released a 2005 report, in which Cosby admits to getting Quaaludes for the purpose of providing them to "young women he wanted to have sex with," the AP writes.
While the dozens of women who came forward with stories of sexual abuse was enough to convince many networks to pull The Cosby Show and many venues to cancel appearances by the star, the news of Cosby's admission led to further consequences this week. Centric and Bounce TV chose to pull reruns of the sitcom this week, and Jill Scott, who firmly supported the comedian for years, finally changed her tune on the matter this week.
"About Bill Cosby. Sadly his own testimony offers PROOF of terrible deeds, which is ALL I have ever required to believe the accusations," Scott tweeted on Monday. "I stood by a man I respected and loved. I was wrong. It HURTS!!! When you get it ALL right, holla."
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