TCA Rescinds Bill Cosby Career Achievement Award

The Television Critics Association moved Tuesday to rescind its Career Achievement Award given to comedian Bill Cosby  as the entertainer is sentenced to three to 10 years on a sexual assault conviction.

The TCA said the organization voted “overwhelmingly” to repeal the award given to Cosby in 2002 for his achievements in television. The move comes as a judge on Tuesday sentenced The Cosby Show star to three to 10 years in state prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand.

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The move marks the first time the TCA has ever rescinded an award. "Since the inaugural TCA Award for Lifetime Achievement was presented to Grant Tinker in 1985, this is the first time there has been a groundswell to vacate an honor,” said TCA President and The Hollywood Reporter Television Critic Daniel Fienberg in a statement. “It was essential that the entire membership have the opportunity to vote and the results were decisive."

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