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Why did Lisa Bonet leave the Cosby Show?

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November 23, 2014 1:51AM

Lisa was fired from The Cosby Show twice. She often had clashes with Bill Cosby, creatively and because of her increasingly unprofessional behaviour. Her behaviour also occasionally created tension backstage for the younger Cosby Show kids.

The first time she was fired was in 1987 at the urging of Cosby. Over a hiatus, Bonet had made the movie Angel Heart with Mickey Rourke, and she had several graphic sex scenes with him (many of which had to be cut), and did a nude magazine photo shoot. Needless to say, her actions made a mockery of the morals clauses which all the Cosby show children had to abide by. So she was fired, but threatened to drag the show's producers and Cosby into a media mudsling, and also threatened legal action against the show. As a compromise, Lisa was kept off The Cosby Show, but put into a spinoff series 'A Different World' instead. Lisa only spent a year on A Different World, leaving the show when she became pregnant.

After she gave birth to her daughter, she returned to A Different World, but her erratic and unprofessional behaviour became worse. She was often late for show tapings, and sometimes didn't bother to show up at all, so she was finally removed from that show entirely. She was brought back to The Cosby Show then, but as she continued to behave badly, she was eventually fired again, this time permanently. When the show aired it's finale, Lisa was not invited to participate in it.

Allegedly, Cosby made sexual advances to Lisa to which she rebuffed him. Lisa notified the producers of the show and wqas fired for it. She threatened to sue Cosby and make his sexual advances public. Cosby ended up giving her "Different World" to stop any litigation or scandal.