Embattled comedian Bill Cosby has ” target=”_blank”>cancelled his two performances tonight at the Wilbur Theatre, citing the oncoming snowstorm that’s expected to hit Boston today and last until Tuesday.
The television and comedy icon, under intense scrutiny over allegations of sexual abuse, released a statement through his spokesman, Andrew Wyatt.
Cosby says, via the Boston Herald:
“Dear Fans: I was looking forward to hearing your wonderful applause and seeing all those smiling faces. Due to weather advisories reporting the continuation of snow and possible sleet as well as the late hours of my shows, I have decided to cancel for your traffic safety. No need to worry, I will be back soon to raise the roof with laughter.
“I thank you, the theatre staff, the event organizers and the Boston Community for your love and support. Don’t forget I said, I will be back soon. Hey, Hey, Hey – I’m far from finished.”
Wyatt told the Herald the cancellation has nothing to do with the planned protests expected on Tremont Street tonight or the negative publicity Cosby is facing over allegations that he drugged and sexually abused several women during the height of his fame.
“We’re now trying to find other dates,” Wyatt told the Herald. “He just wanted his fans to be safe. [The cancellations have] nothing to do with protesters, It has everything to do with safety. We want everyone to be safe. He said, ‘Every human life is important.’ No one needs to get hurt coming out to a show.”
Many were reportedly seeking refunds for tonight’s shows, and one ticket-holder took to Craigslist to offer tickets in exchange for a donation to a rape crisis center.