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"SNL" Draws Comparison Between Bill Cosby And Michael Richards

"I mean, I know it's not the same thing, but I forgave Kramer," "Weekend Update" co-anchor Michael Che said of one comedian who allegedly raped and drugged woman, and another who launched into a racist rant on stage during the Nov. 21 episode of SNL.

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It was up in the air whether Saturday Night Live would address the sexual abuse allegations against Bill Cosby during the Nov. 21 episode after a week in which those accusations resurfaced and new ones emerged.

Bill Cosby performs at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on Sept. 26 in Las Vegas.
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Bill Cosby performs at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on Sept. 26 in Las Vegas.

But two days before the episode, "Weekend Update" co-anchor Michael Che tweeted the following:

sooo we cant have the cosby show no more, but columbus day & thanksgiving is still cool?

Michael Che@CheThinksFollow

sooo we cant have the cosby show no more, but columbus day & thanksgiving is still cool?

10:02 AM - 20 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

maybe i shouldnt say this cause im sure none of u can relate. but i heard about this cosby thing years ago. & i still watched the cosby show

Michael Che@CheThinksFollow

maybe i shouldnt say this cause im sure none of u can relate. but i heard about this cosby thing years ago. & i still watched the cosby show

10:10 AM - 20 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And during "Weekend Update," Che brought up Cosby, which led to groans from the live audience.

Che went on, joking about his conflicted feelings over Cosby's alleged behavior and his on-screen character Dr. Cliff Huxtable.

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Che noted Cliff was like a father figure to him.

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And then joked that unlike Cosby, who allegedly drugged some of women who've spoken out against him, Cliff had different late-night intentions.

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Che said he hopes he can forgive Cliff, though he won't ever be able to forgive the man who played him.

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After all, Che said, he forgave Seinfeld's Kramer after the comedian who played him, Michael Richards, used the n-word on stage.

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But he didn't look too sure about that.

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