NPR Weekend Edition Saturday ran a pre-recorded interview with Bill Cosby where the alleged sexual assault allegations against him were brought up during the conversation. Cosby and his wife Camille were both in studio when NPR host Scott Simon brought up the rumors about the comedian.
Simon asked, “This question gives me no pleasure Mr. Cosby, but there have been serious allegations raised about you in recent days.” Cosby refused to even speak to acknowledge the question. According to Simon, Cosby simply shook his head. “You’re shaking your head no. I’m in the news business. I have to ask the question. Do you have any response to those charges?”
Simon got more silence and another head shake. He offered Cosby one last opportunity to respond before he moved on. He said, “Shaking your head no. There are people who love you who might like to hear from you about this. I want to give you the chance.”
Cosby’s interview was wrapped up from there. Bill and Camille Cosby did the NPR Weekend Edition interview to promote “Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue” going on at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. The Cosbys had donated several items from their own art collection to the exhibit.
You can listen to the audio on npr.com.