The Academy took an unprecedented move in which they completely removed his name from their list of Hall of Famers. His statue will not stand and his name has also been blotted out of the Academy’s online list of honorees, with the move coming after a court of law convicted him last week of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand. There are more than 50 other women who’ve also accused Cosby of having sexually assaulted them, with some saying he drugged them before raping them.
“All references to Mr. Cosby were removed from the website,” a spokesperson for the Academy told Deadline.
The Academy will remove a bust of the actor that was standing at the Academy’s outdoor Hall of Fame Plaza. Cosby’s bust and those of other Hall of Famers were “removed during construction of the new Saban Media Center,” the spokesperson said, “and at the time it was announced that they would be rotated from storage into the courtyard. We have no plans to place Mr. Cosby’s bust in the courtyard.”
The removal of Cosby’s name from among the TV Academy’s home of famers is a first, and so it’s not very clear the procedure the academy will employ in order to effect that, noted Deadline.
The spokesman, however, said the Academy doesn’t have plans yet to rescind the “Cosby Show” icon’s TV Academy awards, which include four Primetime Emmys and its Bob Hope Humanitarian Award.
TV Academy isn’t the only organization that has taken a step to distance itself from the troubled actor. The American Advertising Federation’s (AFF) also voted to remove Cosby’s name from its Advertising Hall of Fame. The organization also went ahead and rescinded the actor’s President’s Award, which was presented to him in 2011 at the time of his induction into the Hall of Fame.
Interestingly, this also marked the first time AFF has voted in a decision to remove someone from its list of Hall of Famers; the first in the organization’s 69-year history.
So far, no comment has been received from Cosby’s end on the various moves being taken by organizations to sever ties with him following his conviction. As things stand now, it’s most likely that more organizations are going to follow suit and take similar actions against the actor and his estate.