Actor/comedian Damon Wayans was sitting for an extended interview on radio station Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club on Friday when the discussion abruptly turned toward Bill Cosby and the more than three dozen sexual abuse allegations leveled against him this year.
Wayans was jokingly discussing a hypothetical biopic about his famous family when Breakfast Club co-host Angela Yee suddenly asked him that advice he would give to the troubled comedian if he had the chance to speak to him.
“If I was him, I would divorce my wife, wink wink, give her all my money, and then I would go do a deposition, I’d light one of them three-hour cigars, I’d have me some wine and maybe a Quaalude, and I would just go off, because I don’t believe that he was raping,” Wayans replied.
“Forty years,” Wayans continued, referring to the time it took for some of Cosby’s accusers to come forward. “Listen, How big is his penis that it gives you amnesia for forty years?”
“Just listen to what they’re saying. And some of them, really, are unrapeable. I look at them and go, ‘No, he don’t want that.'”
Wayans added that Cosby’s accusers saw an “opening” when the comedian began criticizing today’s young black men, who he says are not supporting him. He also blasted what he said were double standards with regard to other creatives who have been accused of sexually abusing women, including Woody Allen and “that dude from 7th Heaven” Stephen Collins.
Toward the end of the interview, Wayans tried to temper his opinion, but reiterated his belief that he does not believe the allegations are real: “If it was my daughter, then I would’ve killed Bill Cosby. But just sitting back and looking at it, I just don’t believe it. I think it’s a money hustle.”
Wayans apparently received some backlash on social media for his remarks, because he posted a defensive tweet asking people not to “twist his words” and “condemn” him before watching the full interview.
Stop twisting my words. Watch the entire interview before u condemn me! http://t.co/yQqPMB23kL
— Damon Wayans (@DamonkWayans) September 6, 2015
Wayans then tweeted another portion of the interview, in which he said “my heart goes out to them. Anyone who was raped by Bill Cosby, I’m sorry, and I hope you get justice.”
Check out the exchange above (comments about Cosby come at around the 26:00 mark).