’30 Rock’ may have called Bill Cosby out on allegations years ago
Were the writers of “30 Rock” able to see the future, or were they filled in on the story years before the rest of us?
In a 2009 episode of the show called “The Bubble,” one of the characters–Tracy Jordan (played by Tracey Morgan)–was about to quit his show within the show, “TGS with Tracey Jordan” when Jack Donaghy (played by Alec Baldwin) had an idea. Donaghy thought that Bill Cosby was a childhood idol of Jordan’s, so he brought in a Bill Cosby impersonator to speak with Jordan on the phone.
Long story short, Jordan was not happy to hear from Cosby, and screams that he has some nerve to call him after “what you did to my Aunt Paulette.” The conversation continues with Jordan naming a time and place that an unnamed incident occurred at, and the tone implies there was some sort of misbehavior on Cosby’s part.
Here’s a clip of the interaction. Warning: adult language is used in the video.
The catch was first reported by Crushable, and while public allegations against Cosby date back to 2005, the story wasn’t nearly as viral as it is now.
What’s interesting is that if you read this timeline of events published by “Vulture” surrounding the accusations against Cosby, you would see that a former “30 Rock” writer is the source of the recent bout of bad press for Cosby. Hannibal Buress, a comedian, reignited the fire at a stand-up show in Philadelphia on Oct. 16.
The first allegations against Cosby were made in 2005, and since then there have been sporadic comments and interviews referencing Cosby’s indiscretions–the most recent was in Feb. 2014, and before that in 2006–but this helped the story resurface. Buress was not a writer for “30 Rock” at the time the episode aired, but it’s still an interesting thing to note.