Despite the controversy surrounding him, Bill Cosby took the stage for a performance in Ontario, Canada last night (Jan. 9). During his stand-up set, a group of protesters staged an interruption, chanting “We believe the women,” a reference to the comedian’s mounting rape allegations.
Attempting to curb his hecklers, Cosby encouraged the audience to let the protesters chant, stating “We’re going to continue with our show,” before another protester called him an “arrogant piece of shit.” Maintaining his reserve, Cosby assured that the tension will “calm,” before instructing security to escort the hecklers from the theater. There were about 30 protesters, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Whatever happens here tonight, if there’s some sort of outburst, we just need to keep calm and it doesn’t have to last that long,” Cosby told the crowd at the beginning of his set.
Watch footage of the protesters’ disruption of Bill Cosby’s show below: