- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Simon & Schuster, the publisher of Mark Whitaker’s disparaged Bill Cosby biography, has pulled blurbs from Jerry Seinfeld, David Letterman and other celebrities from dedicated Web pages on Amazon.com in light of “recent events.”

Mr. Whitaker’s “Cosby” came out last September to positive reviews but was soon heavily criticized for overlooking the numerous sexual assault allegations against Mr. Cosby, The Associated Press reported.

Two months after publication, Mr. Whitaker tweeted an apology: “I was wrong not to deal with the sexual assault charges against Cosby and pursue them more aggressively.”

Mr. Seinfeld’s blurb on the back cover of “Cosby” reads, “I know certain religions forbid idol worship. If anyone ever told me I had to stop idolizing Bill Cosby, I would say, ‘Sorry, but I’m out of this religion.’ So if you want to join the Religion of Cosby, as I did back in 1966, Mark Whitaker’s wonderful new book would be our Bible.”

Mr. Letterman’s laudatory quote reads, “Bill Cosby has contributed more to comedy, television, education, and humanitarian causes than any person I know. Actually any hundred people I know. And he’s still funny. It’s really not fair.”

Tom Keaney, who represents both Mr. Seinfeld and Mr. Letterman, told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement Wednesday: “We were unaware that those quotes were still in circulation, and are asking the publisher to refrain from their future use.”

Other celebrities praising “Cosby” included Billy Crystal, Mary Tyler Moore and Wynton Marsalis. Those blurbs have also been pulled, Simon & Schuster said.

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