I Spy... Another Thing Missing from Disney's Hollywood Studios

July 8, 2015, 10:49 AM · The Walt Disney World Resort has removed a bust of embattled comedy star Bill Cosby from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza exhibition at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Missing bust at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza
Someone is missing behind Desi....

Cosby was included in the exhibition because he had been inducted to the television academy's hall of fame, and Disney thought him a big enough name among those members to include in the exhibition. The display also features busts of Andy Griffith and Lucille Ball, among others, including Walt Disney, according to Disney's website (which also continues to list Cosby as part of the exhibit, at least as of the time we posted this).

Yeah, Cosby has turned out to be — um, let's be charitable — a creep, according to all the reports that are surfacing. (Go Google it if you care.) But the fact that Disney is removing something else from Hollywood Studios isn't exactly surprising these days, given the rate at which Disney is closing stuff in the park. The ATAS Hall of Fame Plaza always was a cheap fill in the park anyway, so it probably won't come as much of a shock if all the other busts in the display follow Cosby out of the park in the next year or so, too.

Replies (7)

July 8, 2015 at 11:09 AM · "I Spy" I see what you did there.
July 8, 2015 at 11:16 AM · Bit of a stretch to say its removal is related to the closing of attractions. This is simply because of Cosby being Cosby.
July 8, 2015 at 11:32 AM · This will be as missed as the hat. I find it funny how people are adding that to the list of subtractions from the park. Should be called Addition by Subtraction.
July 8, 2015 at 12:14 PM · I don't think you can chastise Disney for removing the bust of a man who has admitted to purchasing sedatives with the intent of giving them to women who he wanted to have sex with. It'd be worse if they just left it there.
July 8, 2015 at 2:22 PM · When I was there in the Spring, as the original allegations were all over the media, I had my picture taken with the bust, wagging my finger disapprovingly at him. Probably a little tasteless, but now I'm really glad I did that. Otherwise I would regret the lost opportunity.
But this situation does beg the question: will they return the statue if Cosby were to pass away? That seemed to be the requirement for Michael Jackson to return as Captain EO in the parks.
July 8, 2015 at 4:25 PM · It is sad when we find out our "heroes" are "zeroes" as so often happens when we "trust in the arm of flesh." However, the old cliche, don't throw the baby out with the bathwater, comes to mind in relation to Mr. Cosby. His 1983 stand up concert, BILL COSBY HIMSELF, remains one of the greatest comedy acts of all time. Tsk, tsk.
July 11, 2015 at 9:58 PM · Cosby will never come close to a Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson was a legend.

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