Comedian BILL COSBY: "THE OSBOURNES" Is Not Entertainment

June 20, 2002

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Famous TV father Bill Cosby doesn't think much of the home life of his MTV counterpart, Ozzy Osbourne.

The Osbournes, an inside look at the heavy-metal rocker's home life with his wife, Sharon, and two of their children has become a hit for MTV and the same kind of watercooler show that Cosby's The Cosby Show was in the 1980s.

Some observers, including former Vice President Dan Quayle, have called the Osbournes dysfunctional but loving. Cosby thinks less of them.

"This is a sad, sad family. It is a sad case. The children are sad and the parents are sad. And this is not entertainment," the 64-year-old comedian told Access Hollywood in an interview airing Friday.

"I'm telling you that [the show] is a sad thing - it's like laughing at Tiny Tim," Cosby says, alluding to the late, falsetto-voiced singer.

"It is the kind of entertainment that you look at but you wouldn't want it in your home. And I don't like to look at things like that," added Cosby, who played Dr. Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show for eight seasons.

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