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When it debuted 30 years ago, The Cosby Show was an instant success. From its very first episode it was number one across the networks. The popularity of The Cosby Show is just one aspect journalist Mark Whitaker explores in the life of Dr. Bill Cosby in a new biography on the renowned comedian and pitch man. Kim Masters talks to Whitaker about Cosby’s business savvy as well as the allegations of sexual assault that Whitaker left out of his book.

Cosby

Mark Whitaker

Producers:
Kaitlin Parker

Hollywood News Banter 5 MIN, 34 SEC

Kim Masters is joined by Matt Belloni, Executive Editor of The Hollywood Reporter to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

- Don’t look for your cable bill to drop any time soon...the NBA signed a nine-year, $24 billion TV deal.
- A fledgling talent agency, Jeff Berg’s Resolution, closes its doors.
- Amazon orders a second season of the show ‘Transparent,’ and looks to be in the market for more comedies.

Guests:
Matthew Belloni, Hollywood Reporter, Billboard (@THRMattBelloni)

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Cosby: His Life and Times 22 MIN, 29 SEC

Long before he played Dr. Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show, Bill Cosby was a stand-up comedian in Greenwich Village, telling the shrewdly observed stories that would become his trademark.

In his new biography of Bill Cosby, author Mark Whitaker explores the life of the comedy legend and pitch man, including those early years. He tells Kim Masters about Cosby’s groundbreaking role in the 1965 adventure series I Spy. In the book, Whitaker looks at Cosby’s career high points and low points, from almost losing everything when a production partnership went bad, to landing one of the most lucrative syndication deals in television history with The Cosby Show--a sitcom that almost fell apart before even shooting the pilot.

Whitaker also discusses one dark aspect of Cosby’s personal life he opted to leave out of the book: multiple allegations of sexual assault.

Author Mark Whitaker

Guests:
Mark Whitaker, author, 'Cosby: His Life and Times' (@marktwhitaker)

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The New Bill Cosby Biography Omits Rape Allegations Against Him

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