Back in 2003, then-Late Show host David Letterman came down with a severe case of shingles, which prevented him from fulfilling his hosting duties. As a stop-gap, the show’s producers enlisted a parade of A-list celebs come in, sit behind the desk and host the show while Letterman recovered. One of those guest hosts was Bill Cosby and a clip of him interviewing Sofia Vergara, in what at the time was her first appearance on an American talk show, was recently unearthed and is being viewed in a new light, now that Cosby’s image is vastly different than it was in 2003. Some are calling the footage “cringeworthy,” “creepy” and “repugnant” as Cosby fawns all over Vergara, who was 30 at the time and a newcomer to the Hollywood scene. Nowadays, she’s TV’s highest-paid actress.
Watch the clip above. Some of the highlights include Cosby being so awestruck by Vergara’s beauty that he’s unable to even introduce her. A stagehand is seen propping a cue card, showing what he was supposed to have said, on a near-catatonic Cosby, who’s seated not behind the desk but in one of the guest chairs. Vergara then arrived on the set wearing a red, floral print dress and Cosby immediately began discussing the outfit and his age at the time, 65, and the effect it had on him. Throughout the entire interview, Cosby spoke using a bad Latino accent, which was odd. Some of the highlights (or lowlights, as some say) include Cosby saying, “Men look at you, and they only think of sin,” and “You make me feel young again. You make me feel, um very excited. Look at me.” The segment seemed to play like a thoroughly written bit, but having viewed it through what is now known about Cosby has led to speculation that Vergara was uncomfortable during the segment. One radio station went so far as to suggest that Vergara is one of Cosby’s victims, a notion she shot down on social media. “Respect people, Stop making up nonsense,” she said in a post on Twitter.
Cosby, of course, has in the last year been accused of rape or sexual assault by more than 50 women, many of whom claimed they were drugged by the comedy legend. In a 2005 deposition that was made public earlier this year, Cosby admitted that he obtained Quaaludes with the intent of drugging women for sexual encounters. He has not been convicted of any crimes.
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