Phylicia Rashad, who spent years starring as Bill Cosby’s wife on “The Cosby Show,” found herself in hot water earlier this month when she celebrated the disgraced comedian’s release from prison. Despite this, Rashad still was able to secure her sixth Emmy nomination on Tuesday.
Yahoo News reported that Rashad was nominated in the Best Drama Guest Actress for the third year in a row for her portrayal of Carol Clarke on NBC’s hit show “This Is Us.”
This came after Rashad was hit with serious backlash for celebrating the fact that Cosby had been released from prison due to his sexual assault conviction being overturned. The 83 year-old had served over two years of a three-to-ten year sentence when he was released.
“FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected!” Rashad wrote afterwards in a tweet that has since been deleted.
After the swift backlash from users who were outraged that Rashad was defending someone who had been accused of sexual assault by over sixty women, she desperately tried to backtrack. In a letter to students at Howard University, where she was recently appointed as the dean of the College of Fine Arts, Rashad expressed “[her] most sincere apology.”
“My remarks were in no way directed towards survivors of sexual assault. I vehemently oppose sexual violence, find no excuse for such behavior, and I know that Howard University has a zero-tolerance policy toward interpersonal violence,” she wrote, according to CNN.
Rashad went on to say that over the next few weeks, she intends “to engage in active listening and participate in trainings to not only reinforce University protocol and conduct, but also to learn how I can become a stronger ally to sexual assault survivors and everyone who has suffered at the hands of an abuser.”
Rashad also backtracked on Twitter, writing, I fully support survivors of sexual assault coming forward.”
“My post was in no way intended to be insensitive to their truth,” she wrote. “Personally, I know from friends and family that such abuse has lifelong residual effects. My heartfelt wish is for healing.”
Emmy voting reportedly closed before Rashad’s initial tweet went up, so her nomination does not reflect the ensuing backlash against her.