Chris Rock Talks "Love" of Bill Cosby, Says He Hopes Sexual Assault Allegations Are "Not True"

Funnyman sounds off on Cosby controversy and the deaths of Joan Rivers and Robin Williams

By Brett Malec Dec 01, 2014 7:21 PMTags
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Chris Rock isn't afraid to admit that it's been a "weird year for comedy."

In the latest issue of New York Magazine, the 49-year-old funnyman addresses the recent rape allegations surrounding one of his idols, Bill Cosby. He also reflects on the tragic deaths of comic legends Joan Rivers and Robin Williams.

"I don't know what to say. What do you say?" Rock said of the Cosby controversy. "I hope it's not true. That's all you can say. I really do. I grew up on Cosby. I love Cosby, and I just hope it's not true. It's a weird year for comedy. We lost Robin, we lost Joan, and we kind of lost Cosby."

The Top Five star also gushed over Rivers, who passed away back in September at the age of 81. "Who the hell's funnier than Joan Rivers?" Rock said. "The compliment you give of a comedian is: Who wants to follow them onstage? Nobody wanted to follow Joan Rivers, ever. Even in her 80s, nobody wanted to follow her."

As for his thoughts on William's shocking suicide several months ago, Rock told the mag, "I mean, we always say ignorance is bliss. Well, if so, what's the opposite? Some form of misery. Being a comedian, 80 percent of the job is just you notice s--t, which is a trait of schizophrenics too. You notice things people don't notice." 

Another famous face Rock is a fan of? President Barack Obama, who he deems "kind of cool" for a president. "I always say, cooler than most politicians, not as cool as actual cool people," he said. "He's not cool like Jay Z's cool. He's not Eddie Murphy. But in a world of politicians..."