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?