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Did TMZ lie and say that Latifah canceled Cosby?

There is a controversy brewing between the Queen Latifah Show and the popular news site TMZ.  All of it involves Bill Cosby and whether or not Latifah and her crew canceled Cosby’s scheduled appearance on the show.

Recently, TMZ reported that Latifah’s team made the cancellation, choosing to distance itself from Cosby after numerous allegations resurfaced of him doing inappropriate things with women after drugging them.   None of the claims have been proven in court and no charges were filed, but the sheer number of allegations has been disturbing.

TMZ didn’t reveal who told them that Cosby’s appearance was going to be canceled, but they did cite “production sources” whom they say have said that the show didn’t want anything to do with Cosby.  Of course, such a revelation would be damaging to the Queen Latifah Show, since Cosby has quite a few loyal supporters who feel that he’s being unfairly villified.  This made some wonder if Latifah’s response was done in order to save face.

Right after the TMZ report was released, Latifah and her team came out and directly contradicted the TMZ article.  A spokesperson for the show claims that it was actually Cosby who canceled, not Latifah.

“Mr. Cosby’s scheduled appearance on The Queen Latifah Show was postponed at his request and was in no way related to any of our recent or upcoming scheduled guests,” a spokesperson told TheWrap.

All of this came about after comedian Hannibal Burress resurrected the allegations against Cosby, which were widely reported back in 2006.

“Bill Cosby has the f–king smuggest old black man public persona that I hate,” Buress said. “‘Pull your pants up, black people. I was on TV in the ’80s. I can talk down to you, because I had a successful sitcom.’ Yeah, but you raped women, Bill Cosby. So, brings you down a couple notches. I don’t curse on stage. But yeah, you’re a rapist.”

Cosby and his team have been quiet since the conversation has resurfaced.  There is also no report on whether or not these new media reports are going to lead to a cancelation of Cosby’s comedy tour and television show, set to begin over the next few months.

TMZ may have something to say about this as well.  The contradictory reports from Queen Latifah and her team hurt the credibility of the news outlet, which claims to have carefully verified sources of information.   If TMZ falsified the information, it would be interesting to know how they came to this conclusion.

More about TMZ and how they came to exist.

TMZ was created in 2005 as a partnership between AOL and Telepictures.  Its founder, Harvey Levin, is a former attorney and journalist, who claims that all of their stories are carefully researched and vetted for accuracy.  So, if they just made up the story about Latifah canceling Cosby or used bad information, this would be an uncommon thing for them to do.

 “We pay for video, and sometimes it becomes a story,” Levin told USA Today. “But this is a functioning news organization. Everything is researched and vetted for accuracy. We (develop) our own stories.”

What do you think?  Was somebody lying or was this just a simple misunderstanding?

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11 thoughts on “Did TMZ lie and say that Latifah canceled Cosby?

  1. Dr. Lorraine

    I stopped watching TMZ due to their negativity . They have nothing positive to say about any one. Their comments also border on racism . In fact, I have stopped trusting anything the media has to say about anything or any one for that matter.

    • Loretta

      Me too, I have felt that their comments often laugh at the struggles of black people and that they are also on the borderline of racism. So I have stopped watching their show! Where is our Black “anti-defamation” league?

  2. Terrance Spencer

    There is a problem with this story in the first sentence.Referring to TMZ as s news site is equivalent to calling Love & Hip HOP a Documentary about Africans in America.

  3. B. Wash

    TMZ is full of shit…! They make most of their money off of Black Folks by printing and publishing negative bullshit and setting high profile people up for a fall…!! Someone needs to sue their ass and put them out of business…!!

    • Unk

      LOL! That’s funny, but I know where you’re coming from. Good to see that age doesn’t make you a holier-than-thou hypocrite.

  4. Johnlee

    The main story here should be about Bill Cosby being accused OVER A DOZEN TIMES for drugging and raping women not some sleazy gossip site. I never watched TMZ BUT that doesn’t make the story any less true. Cosby has been accused and paid off over a dozen women (WHICH IS TRUE) who claim he drugged and raped them. He should NOT have ever been invited on any TV show after these dozen or so allegations came out. Unfortunately Cosby was not only allowed to act like nothing was wrong he felt comfortable enough to to preach morality of all things to black people. The man is an accused rapist a dozen times over and a admitted adulterer yet he was preaching morality and values. I believe the show didn’t want him on the air due to the fact that white mainstream media is not protecting him they way they did in the past when this story first came out. That was mainly due to the fact that Cosby was being rewarded for sounding like a self hating black bigot by making blanket sweeping generalizations about black peoples values and morals. White media and America loved Bill Cosby to death for this and protected his wholesome family values image as America’s favorite dad. In spite of all the facts that showed Cosby to be nothing more than a hypocrite trying to save his own azz at black peoples expense he was still hailed as someone speaking the truth. All Cosby had to do to keep that wholesome reputation was to bash black people at every turn. We as black people need to stop defending and supporting black people like Cosby simply because he’s black.

    • Ron

      There is always TWO sides of every story. Have you ever heard of people jumping in on the bandwagon?
      Why is it that all these allegations are being portrayed now. Hannibal Buress ‘ career will never get any bigger. It will sink.

  5. Tracey

    I’m sorry, but if a man raped me, the only thing that would satisfy me is him going to jail! That’s why the story is a little fishy to me. How do you let a man pay you off to avoid jail time for raping you? Was money the motive for these women. It’s something to think about if they ALL accepted money instead of wanting him prosecuted.


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