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Bill Cosby producer says he hopes viewers can still enjoy the 'legacy' of the show

Published 01/08/2015 | 12:21

Comedian Bill Cosby greets Boston Red Sox owner John Henry during the game as Larry Lucchino, left, and Tom Werner look on. The Boston Red Sox played the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Bill Cosby's long-time associate and producer has said he hopes viewers can still enjoy the classic programmes they created.

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After 36 allegations of rape, Cosby's reputation is now beyond repair and while some networks in the US have pulled his classic '80s sitcom and a powerful New York magazine cover featuring 35 of those women was published earlier this week - his producer has finally broken his silence.

Tom Werner helped create The Cosby Show and said he hopes the show's legacy will remain untarnished by the mountain of allegations against its star.

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Executive producers Tom Werner speaks onstage during the 'Survivor's Remorse' panel discussion at the STARZ portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 31, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Executive producers Tom Werner speaks onstage during the 'Survivor's Remorse' panel discussion at the STARZ portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 31, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

"The legacy of the show is obviously very important to me because the show was a groundbreaking show and it portrayed a middle-class African-American family in a very positive way. It had a lot of stories that resonated with families because people watched it together," he told The Hollywood Reporter.

He would not comment directly about Cosy, only saying: "I don't really want to comment on it. Obviously it's a challenging time for Bill Cosby and a challenging time for the show, but I'm hoping that people will still be able to watch the show and identify with the Huxtables."

In November, he released a statement saying the accusations were "beyond our knowledge or comprehension."

Comedian Bill Cosby greets Boston Red Sox owner John Henry during the game as Larry Lucchino, left, and Tom Werner look on. The Boston Red Sox played the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Comedian Bill Cosby greets Boston Red Sox owner John Henry during the game as Larry Lucchino, left, and Tom Werner look on. The Boston Red Sox played the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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