Tom Werner

Tom Werner on Bill Cosby allegations: 'I feel for everybody involved'

John Tomase
February 25, 2015 - 6:33 am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox chairman Tom Werner made a name for himself in the '80s and '90s as a powerhouse producer of such cultural landmarks as "Mork & Mindy," "Taxi" and "Roseanne." But the show he is most remembered for was one of the most important of that generation -- "The Cosby Show." The sitcom's reputation has been tarnished by allegations that star Bill Cosby serially and habitually drugged and raped dozens of women starting in the 1960s. Werner has not addressed the issue beyond a statement he and longtime collaborator Marcy Carsey released in November, but Wednesday at JetBlue Park, Werner touched on the subject. "We made a statement about that, which I'm sure you saw, and beyond that, today, I really don't want to be thinking about that," Werner said after addressing the state of the Red Sox. "It's a sad situation. I feel for everybody involved, but beyond that, I really don't want to talk about it." Werner did, however, address the impact of the allegations on the show's legacy. "The Cosby Show" was a touchstone for children of the '80s, a program that brought family values into the living room every Thursday night at 8. It's difficult, if not impossible, to view the show in that light now, but Werner hopes that changes. "I do think it was a landmark show," he said. "And I'm hoping that when people reflect on the show, that they can differentiate between this, and the joy and good feeling that that show brought to everybody. In the short run, it's been tarnished. But 'The Cosby Show' is more than just what's going on right now."