Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who shot to fame playing Theo Huxtable, the son of Bill Cosby's Cliff Huxtable in The Cosby Show, has stated that it seems unfair that his former television series was yanked off the air because of sexual allegations against Bill Cosby -- but other men who have been accused of sexual misconduct still have their work celebrated.
In an appearance on The Real, the actor and musician did admit that he has a stake in this since it affects him financially. “It’s literally taking money out of my pocket,” Warner said, adding, “So I got my own personal feelings about that, because it personally affects me.”
But he got down to the gist quickly: "You look at just how the media is playing this whole thing out and I can’t help but think about Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, Stephen Collins, (it is) very clear the crimes they’ve committed [...] But there is no one that’s calling for Woody’s movies to be pulled off the air [...]
Roman Polanski is still celebrated [...] Stephen Collins’ show still comes on. It’s interesting how it’s very unbalanced." Warner explanation got a round of applause from the studio audience.
Actor-director Woody Allen was accused by his daughter, Dylan Farrow, of sexually molesting her when she was seven years old. The case was dropped in 1993, but Dylan repeated the accusation in February of 2014 in an open letter. Director Roman Polanski pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, but he fled to France on February 1978 to escape sentencing. The case is still pending. Meanwhile, 7th Heaven star, Stephen Collins, who played a similar father figure role to Bill Cosby in his TV series, admitted in a December 2014 interview with People Magazine that he had sexually molested three minors.
Warner has not come out and stated the issue is racial, but one can infer his meaning in how The Cosby Show is treated. He was also quick to pint out that he wasn't defending his former TV dad. "I am in no position to defend him, because I can’t,” he said, adding, “But nor will I throw him under the bus.”