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Bill Cosby vs. Jon Stewart! Why Comedy Icon Slammed ‘Daily Show’ Host

Jon Stewart has found an unlikely enemy in Bill Cosby. The legendary comedian went on The Daily Show over the weekend and trashed the TV host for swearing at an event that they both attended together. Stewart is known to be liberal with his use of the F-word on his show and on stage, while Cosby has made a point of keeping his comedy family-friendly.

“What you have to understand, Jonathan, from whence I cometh, when people cursed, the next thing that was gonna happen was somebody was gonna hit you,” he said. “See, now there’s a whole new culture. People curse and they laugh. But for me, when you were cursing, I started crying.” Cosby also said that profanity was not allowed during his early days working the comedy circuit on Bleecker Street.

Cosby is so against swearing that he turned down the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor because he felt the show had become too raunchy. He finally agreed to accept the prize in 2009 under the condition that he had strong editorial control over the show. Cosby explained to the Associated Press that he “told them flat out no because I will not be used, nor will Mark Twain be used, in that way.”

However, the comedy legend has used profanity in some of his jokes in order to make a point. “Recite to me, from childhood days, the poem ‘There was a Crooked Man,’ ” he said to HourDetroit.com. “Now I’m going to show you how, just using profanity, you can make people laugh. I will read the poem, and I will replace the word ‘crooked’ with ‘motherf*cking.’ ‘There was a motherf*cking man, who walked a motherf*cking mile…’ You see what I mean? You will have people on the floor.”

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