August 2nd, 2010
10:58 PM ET

Bill Cosby: I'm alive. Now, please cut it out

Bill Cosby is used to winking at internet rumors of his death. But after another one spread Monday, he said he hopes people will give the hoaxes a rest.

After false news of Cosby’s death spread by Twitter on Monday - "Bill Cosby died" was a trending topic on the microblogging service - the 73-year-old comedian talked to CNN's "Larry King Live" to prove he still is around.

"I don't want [whoever spread the rumor] to do this anymore, because this is my fourth time being reported [dead]," Cosby said by phone to CNN’s Kyra Phillips, who was sitting in for Larry King on Monday night.

Cosby used his wit to counter previous rumors. After the first, he borrowed a Mark Twain quote about reports of his death being an exaggeration.

But Cosby said Monday's rumor felt different. He said it left one of his friends in tears before he realized it wasn’t true.

"I don't know. Maybe a psychiatrist will say I'm feeding [the rumor starter's] ego, but I just want to say to friends of that person: Just tell him to stop, because it isn't funny."

On his own Twitter account, Cosby still went for a bit of humor Monday when refuting the rumor.

"Again, I'm rebuttaling rumors about my demise. But, I'm confirming I have an app," Cosby wrote before linking to an iPhone application featuring clips of the comedian's performances.

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  1. tandy

    Im so glad that is a rumor my heart sank when i read that...... I love Bill cosby in my mind hes my daddy

    August 2, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      That man is the last person on this planet I would consider as my daddy... He's a hater actually !

      August 3, 2010 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • WhoCaresAboutCosby

      Who cares about Bill Cosby? Is this news? Isn't he irrelevant?

      August 3, 2010 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      Cosby is a perceptive , objective, and iconic figure of the last 40 years. A fine gentleman whose loss would be immeasurable.

      August 3, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert W.

      I do not know where Cosby stands on racial things which is one reason I like him. He doesn't try to take every breath to remind us that we are different. He is a comedian who has always tried to keep his humor clean enough for any member of the family to hear and not be embarrased. I think he is a great American hero.

      August 3, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Max

      i thought i was the only one who felt like that!

      August 3, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • moondoggie

      It is news to people who are interested. They are the ones who care. Cosby is not irrelevant to them.. That is why they read the story. That's the way news works. People who are interested read the story. People who are not interested read something else so they do not have to complain about the story. SImple!

      August 3, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Shirley Lee

      Thank God! He is the only living comedian whose wit, intelligence and sense of humor, truthfully tickled ALL of my funny bones 🙂 mmm well, I'm not so sure suddenly, are Lucille Ball and Carol Burnette both still living? 😉 Oh dang, just remembered John Candy and Robin Williams too... probably are a few more (hehehehe)

      August 3, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Ms. Jackie

      I also love and respect Bill C. but the problem is that he does not give to black charities or even promotes them. He just talks about the problems in the black communities and gives noting to make the problems he sees any better.

      August 3, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rekenya y.

    Dont let em c u sweat Bill Cosby we still love ya dad!!!

    August 2, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • cdgfla

      I thought maybe all those Jello puddin' pops finally took their revenge.

      August 3, 2010 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Brass Pair

      Oh get a life, Matthew. Cosby is about as far from being a racist as you can get. In fact, there have been times where he's smacked down black people and told them like it is. He's a good guy as far as I can tell.

      August 3, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Nique2009

      @Matthew From New York, I looked up the case... all I saw was that Bill Cosby raised money for her defense. How does that make him racist?

      August 3, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      So what? He raised money for her legal fund because she lied to him. If anyone in that fiasco is a racist it's Sharpton.

      August 3, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Derek

      He offered a reward for information leading to the truth about the case. I don't think that makes him racist... I think that makes him a good man. When facts started to come to light about the reports being falsified, he withdrew his offer, as any sensible person would do.

      August 3, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. Brianna

    I just saw it on facebook nd ii had to google it myself ; I'm soo happy its a rumor they need to cut it out ! Its not funny !

    August 2, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      Can you imagine the ramifications if someone said Barak Obama was dead? I think this should be a crime.

      August 3, 2010 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Kiru


      I think this is just proof that people need to stop believing everything they hear, especially from some no account website like Twitter. People are idiots these days. And worse yet, they're apparently TRUSTING idiots. People lie. You all need to realize that and only believe a source worth trusting, which isn't Twitter.

      August 3, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jennifer

    I just saw this as a TT on twiiter! I started crying, I grew up w/ Bill Cosby & the Cosby Show, Fat Albert, Ghost Dad!!! He's awesome! Whoever is starting this rumor is just cruel!

    August 2, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sweetenedtea

      He was just tempting fate by playing Ghost Dad.

      August 3, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
    • giz

      @Sweeten, No, he made my I.Q. level drop by about 10 points with that one(I had to see it on a date, you wouldn't catch me going to a movie like that on a date anymore).

      August 3, 2010 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
    • tipsana

      Please!! When Mr. Cosby does pass, lets all honor him by never mentioning Ghost Dad.

      August 3, 2010 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
    • IceT

      Ghost Dad is Oscar worthy when compared to Leonard part 6.

      August 3, 2010 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Or Leonard Part 6

      August 3, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. CC

    I'm so glad that was a rumor cause when I heard it I fell so sad cause I grew up seeing this man on TV and I grew a luv for him but once again I'm happy ur alive God bless take care

    August 2, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Travis

    Doesn't Bill Cosby realize that by speaking publicly on this matter that he is giving the idiot who started these rumors exactly what they want? The Internet is full of these juvenile pranksters who love nothing more than seeing something they started or created end up on the national scene. I understand that he is upset by all of this, and he should be, but appearing on national television to give credence and acknowledgment to this falsehood is just playing right into the hands of the people who leaked it in the first place. I don't know the right way to handle that situation, but this is not it.

    August 2, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      He's not doing it for whomever started the stupid rumor, he's doing it for all his fans and friends that were hurt by the rumor. The idiot who started it should feel ashamed of himself after what Cosby said, not proud.

      August 3, 2010 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. james

    You know Cosby laughs when people say Abe Vigoda is dead.

    August 2, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rob

    Maybe it was Andrew Breitbart.

    August 2, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blargovich

      Lol.. naw.. that sack of garbage Brietbart would've tried to start a rumor that Cosby is a racist or something.

      August 3, 2010 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. mmi16

    Bill – keep on keeping on!

    August 2, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dgatwood

    When it comes to the death of somebody like Bill Cosby, if it were true, it would be the lead story on the CNN website. If it isn't there, it's some stupid kid trolling. If you always assume that such rumors are crap, you'll rarely be wrong.

    August 2, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erin

      well said!!!

      August 3, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Brett

      Instead, because he didn't die, it's the lead story on CNN. Try that thought out on the ol' synapses.

      August 3, 2010 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
    • OkieInChicago

      Ding, ding, ding...

      August 3, 2010 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
    • tct

      True, but I'm inclined to take him at his word when he says he's alive without further evidence.

      August 3, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bob Moran

    Maybe Jeffrey from the plane is doing it...

    August 2, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Morgans


      August 3, 2010 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Ego


      August 3, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • indydave

      If they catch whoever did it, he should be thighcuffed and put in the patrol car!

      August 3, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. Natalie

    This is the work of a nerd with a penchant for self abuse. She is probably monitoring every blog and forum she can to find the angriest insult thrown at her. The type of dislike that she has for people she believes is justified because she;s been hard done by. One day she will grow into a woman and laugh at herself even more. It's not sad because in her personal life she already knows that no one cares.

    August 3, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • NyteShayde

      What in the hell are you babbling about?

      August 3, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
    • DarrellDW

      Seriously, whatchu bangin' about?

      August 3, 2010 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      Natalie - are you projecting yourself into this person a little? ...'cause it sounds like you're just a bit too familiar with her particular issues...

      August 3, 2010 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
    • asda


      August 3, 2010 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. Wall-e

    This just in Bill Cosby has died for the 5th time! Wait...nope he's come back from the dead...again. Go get 'em Bill!

    August 3, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. Sweetenedtea

    Don't people realize that Bill Cosby will not be allowed to die so long as Elvis is still roaming the earth? Sheesh.

    August 3, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mike

    Bill Cosby for President!!!!!!!!

    August 3, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      I think he could seriously win.

      August 3, 2010 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
    • angel arnold

      He would DEF get MY vote!!!!!

      August 3, 2010 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
    • deforge

      as long as he can produce a WHITE birth certificate

      August 3, 2010 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
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