On Thursday night, the 77-year-old comedian took to the stage for the second of three shows in Ontario, Canada. Cosby is in the news this morning because of what he reportedly said during the show in London, Ontario.
According to Richard Warnica, a reporter for the National Post, a female audience member in the front row got up to get a drink at one point. She asked Cosby if he wanted one.
“You have to be careful about drinking around me,” Cosby just said to a woman in the crowd. Loud gasps from the audience.
— Richard Warnica (@richardwarnica) January 9, 2015
Apparently, the audience loved the exchange.
The gasps then changed to cheers and applause. — Richard Warnica (@richardwarnica) January 9, 2015
That wasn’t all that happened Thursday night. Naturally, there were protests outside the venue. And inside, two men were removed from the show, with one yelling, “You are a rapist!” to the star.
As the CBC reports, the audience booed the individual as Cosby tried to keep everyone calm.
“Shh, no clapping right now. That’s all right. Patience,” he said.
Following Thursday’s performance, Cosby issued the following statement through his publicist:
“One outburst but over 2600 loyal, patient and courageous fans enjoyed the most wonderful medicine that exist for human-kind. Laughter. I thank you, the theatre staff (Budweiser Gardens), the event organizers and the London, ON Community for your continued honor and support. I’m Far From Finished.” [via CNN]
Cosby, who has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women from past years, is expected to complete his Ontario tour on Friday in Hamilton.