Since the ongoing firestorm of sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby began in November 2014, the news has been saturated with headlines pertaining to the embattled comedian. And now, the man who is credited with starting it all — Hannibal Buress — is done talking about it.
Buress reportedly sat down for a phone interview with the Lehigh Valley's The Morning Call over the weekend, subsequently terminating the chat once reporter John J. Moser popped the Cosby question. In previous interviews on the topic, Buress quickly addressed the situation and moved on, as in last week's Jimmy Kimmel Live appearance.
As per The Morning Call:
But asked about fallout from the routine in a telephone call from New Orleans to promote his March 27 performance at Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Buress says, "Um, let's keep it moving. I'm burned out on it, man, so let's talk about something else."
Told it's hard to ignore — more than 30 women have come forward with accusations against Cosby after Buress' bit went viral on YouTube and in media reports — Buress ends the conversation after just two minutes by hanging up.
Moser says he later received an email from Buress' publicist, who indicated that the comedian "was just frustrated because there are so many other things that he has going on to talk about." The interview was not rescheduled.
Buress, who also stars as Lincoln Rice on Broad City, was thrust into the public eye last October, when a bit about Cosby he performed at the Trocadero here in Philly went viral. In that bit, Buress assailed Cosby as a rapist, which lead to mainstream coverage of the situation, as well as further accusations from multiple women against Cosby.
"Bill Cosby has the f——g smuggest old black man public persona that I hate," Buress said last October. "Yeah, but you raped women, Bill Cosby. So that brings you down a couple notches."
Buress is set to perform at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center this Friday, March 27.