While the world is currently abuzz over sexual abuse allegations made against Bill Cosby, Tina Fey called out the comedian — twice — during her last two stints on TV.
Cosby, 77, has been accused by multiple women of sexual abuse over the past few decades, but their claims have received increasing coverage in the past few months. Comedian Hannibal Buress’ standup routine, in which he called Cosby “a rapist,” is viewed as a leading factor in the media’s focus on the allegations, with several women going public with their stories for the first time due to the media interest.
But long before the outcry, Fey brought up the allegations several years ago, first during a 2005 episode of “Saturday Night Live” when she served as co-anchor of “Weekend Update” with Amy Poehler. (The clip can be viewed on Hulu Plus.)
During the comedy-news segment, Fey talked about a woman named Tamara Green who had alleged on the “Today” show that Cosby had drugged and attempted to molest her 30 years ago.
“Cosby says he can’t be held responsible for his actions,” Fey added, “since at the time he was suffering from (imitates Cosby) ‘the brain damage!’”
Poehler then asks if “SNL” cast member Kenan Thompson would then come out and do his Cosby imitation to respond to the story, but Fey said that he wouldn’t because doing so could affect his career. The “Weekend Update” anchors then launched into dueling Cosby impersonations.
In the ’30 Rock’ episode ‘The Bubble’ starring Tina Fey (left), a joke was made referencing the Bill Cosby sexual assault allegations.
“No, Kenan is not coming out because of the ‘Fat Albert,’ and the money and the sequels!” the bespectacled star said.
“Of course he can’t talk about the boobies, and the groping, and the pudding pops!” rejoined Poehler.
Thompson then appeared onstage with the duo.
“Wow, thanks for that,” he said, pretending to be uncomfortable. “Great job, you guys. I didn’t say any of that, because Kenan Thompson loves to work, OK? Peace.”
Several years later, on her own comedy series “30 Rock,” Fey made an indirect reference to the allegations against Cosby in a scene involving Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) and Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan). (Crushable was the first to report on the “SNL” and “30 Rock” clips.)
Bill Cosby has been accused of sexual abuse by multiple women, with the allegations picking up steam in recent months.
In the 2009 episode “The Bubble,” Donaghy is attempting to win back Jordan, who has quit his sketch comedy series during contract negotiations. So he recruits a Bill Cosby impersonator to encourage Jordan to return to the show. (The clip can be viewed here.)
But instead, Jordan is upset, telling the impersonator, “Bill Cosby, you got a lotta nerve gettin’ on the phone wit’ me after what you did to my Aunt Paulette!”
“I think you’re confusing me with someone else,” the impersonator responds.
“1971. Cincinnati. She was a cocktail waitress with the droopy eye!” Jordan says.
The joke seemed to be the show’s writers way of slyly addressing the allegations, and would have especially resonated with those viewers aware of the accusations against Cosby. Interestingly, Buress for a time served as a writer on “30 Rock,” although it’s unclear if he participated in writing the season 3 episode.