The Television Academy’s Hall of Fame is distancing itself from disgraced comedian Bill Cosby, one week after a jury found him guilty of sexual assault.
Cosby’s name was erased Wednesday from the academy’s online honorees list, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The actor’s statue, which was previously taken down for renovations, will not return to the Hall of Fame Plaza.
Cosby was inducted into the Television Academy in 1992, the same year his sitcom The Cosby Show ended. As of Thursday afternoon, his bio remains active on the site.
The Academy’s removal follows a number of institutions who revoked honorary degrees previously given to Cosby.
The Television Academy Hall of Fame removed Bill Cosby's name from its website after he was found guilty of sexual assault. His statue, which was previously removed for renovations, won't be returned to the Hall of Fame Plaza
On April 26, Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his home in 2004
Constand (center) reacts to Cosby being found guilty of drugging and molesting her at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004
Cosby accusers Victoria Valentino (right), Caroline Heldman (center) and Lili Bernard (left) react after the guilty verdict
More than 20 colleges and universities across the country - including Carnegie Mellon, Notre Dame, Fordham, Marquette, Brown and the University of Pennsylvania - rescinded degrees awarded to the 80-year-old comedian. Most of them pulled the degrees before he was convicted.
Last week, Cosby's alma mater Temple University joined that growing list saying in a statement that the school's board of trustees - which Cosby served on for 32 years before resigning in 2014 - had accepted a recommendation to rescind an honorary doctorate degree he was awarded in 1991.
Cosby received a bachelor's degree from the school and had long served as a public face and fundraiser for the university.
Yale also revoked a degree Cosby received in 2003, saying that it was the first time in the school's