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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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  • I wouldn’t characterize this was Bill Cosby trashing Jon Stewart — they were having fun and Cosby has always been vocal about swearing — so this isn’t any major

  • Cherl Thorne-Fielder

    Bill Cosby is an arrogant, condescending old man…

    • freethinkingpatriot

      In what way?

      • Cherl Thorne-Fielder

        In the way he speaks often times, Most THINKING Black folks know what plagues the Hood, his delivery of SAID issues is very condescending and I don’t care for it, there is much truth to it, however if he stereotypes us all he is no better than the racist that do it…He is arrogant and a tad bit out of touch…

        • freethinkingpatriot

          He’s not the stereotypical “angry black man,” therefore he’s a racist> I’m sorry, but that’s a load of BS as far as I’m concerned.

          • Ginger Martinez

            BS? You couldn’t make your point without cussing? BS = bull shit.

        • Joel Colquitt

          Or maybe he just hit too close to home with his comments on the young black youth of today and how they perpetuate a negative stereotype. Cosby marched with Dr. King and has done more for creating a POSITIVE image for African-Americans than most, and to criticize him makes me wonder if you just don’t like hearing the truth.

          • Yvonne Patten

            Thank you!!

          • Cherl Thorne-Fielder

            I agree with much of what he says…but like I stated before his delivery is a tad bit ARROGANT & CONDESCENDING…

  • Rico A Saxton

    Old man sit the hell down you anit the one…

  • freethinkingpatriot

    I’m with Cosby on this one. If you can’t make your point without resorting to swearing, you’re a poor excuse for a communicator.

    • Doug Sawyer

      fuck you buddy

      • Doug Sawyer

        see…perfect point achieved famously

        • freethinkingpatriot

          Yes, you proved the point and I suppose I should thank you for that. How does it feel to have behaved in such a silly, juvenile manner?

          • Doug Sawyer

            freethinking patriot?…oh the hubris on this one

          • freethinkingpatriot

            Hubris? Hardly. Just a simple means of identifying myself as one who knows how to think for myself, rather than allow myself to be led by the masses. A trait that is in horribly short supply in our society these days, based on the evidence at hand. And you’re still a silly juvenile.

          • Doug Sawyer

            so wait…you mean you use your user name as a way of self identity or a way of projecting yourself?LOL and I’m juvenile?…yeah…it’s called Hubris you dumb dildo

          • freethinkingpatriot

            According to my dictionary “hubris” is another term for “egotism.” Do I have an overly inflated ego? I don’t think I do; I’m actually a pretty humble fellow. Just ask anybody who knows me. But do I take pride in being able to think for myself? Damn straight I do. I’m not convinced that this means that I am truly guilty of hubris. But even if it does, my feeling is that it is still far preferable to being an immature simpleton whose idea of discourse and debate is to resort to such name calling as “dumb dildo.”

          • Doug Sawyer

            ok

          • Raymond Davis

            No , you seem to be an arrogant ,over-inflated self absorbed egoist. I mean -do you even read your own posts ???

    • Raymond Davis

      Fuck you

    • Dave Hinckley

      But some words transcend swearing and are downright inspiring. For example:

  • liberalinlove

    Ahh the evolution of language!

  • Terry

    Apparently Bill doesn’t remember his stand up days before “Fat Albert” and Jell-O Pudding commercials.

    • freethinkingpatriot

      Actually i have every album he’s ever made and his material has always been mostly free from swearing. Occasionally a “damn” or “hell” would slip in, but hardly every other word and never the “f” word.

  • Waxlion

    You really shouldn’t fucking swear. If you need to swear to get you’re god-damned point across then your idea is likely shit to begin with and you’re just a dickhead looking for some fucking attention.

    • freethinkingpatriot

      Always nice to hear from the idiot constituency…

      • Doug Sawyer

        this is what I’m talking about…you’re a fucking dick face!

  • Don Rainwater

    A pretty misleading headline – I watched the show. Cosby gave Jon a good-natured ribbing – hardly a slam at all.

  • Joel Colquitt

    First of all, for those being insulting, Cosby is a comic genius and any comedian worth his weight in sweat would agree. Secondly, he did not “trash” Jon Stewart, he was having fun with him. This story is a non-story and Cosby would never appear on another comic’s show just to trash him.

    • Raymond Davis

      I think what is being discussed is what a condescending self important jerk “freethinkingpatriot presents himself as.

    • Yvonne Patten

      Well said, I agree with you 100%!

  • hedwig

    Bill Cosby did not slam Jon Stewart. I saw that show, and what he said was all done in fun. He was talking about how much Jon swears and kiddingly chided him about it, while also poking fun at himself. There was absolutely no slamming done there.