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Cosby Gets Standing Ovation

Florida crowd gives comedian warm support
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2014 6:29 AM CST

(Newser) – Before Bill Cosby's show last night in Melbourne, Fla., a local radio station offered $1,000 to anyone who heckled him and got it on video. Nobody collected, as Cosby was instead greeted with a standing ovation and "overwhelming support" from the sell-out crowd, reports NBC News. Cosby did not mention the renewed rape allegations against him in his 90-minute routine. The only outburst came from an audience member who yelled, "We love you, Bill Cosby!"

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In an interview before the show, Cosby defended his public silence about the charges, reports WTSP. "I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn't have to answer to innuendos. People should fact-check." He also criticized the radio station's heckling offer. "The thing is, these people are prodding and pushing people and asking people to have a frat-house mentality," he says. "Now suppose someone brings a weapon or decided to do more foolishness." (Cosby has been losing gigs elsewhere, along with a planned show on NBC.)

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