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Bonet Won’t Attend Cosby Reunion

April 22, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ One member of the Huxtable family won’t be attending next month’s reunion of ``The Cosby Show.″

Lisa Bonet, who played teen-age daughter Denise Huxtable on the NBC sitcom from 1984-91, said the special lacked artistic merit, and turned down the network’s offer to take part.

``The whole experience and energy behind it felt disingenuous and motivated by corporate profit,″ the 34-year-old actress told People magazine for its April 29 issue.

``I was not feeling the love. It was a take-it-or-leave-it, with-or-without-you offer, and I felt devalued and disrespected.″

NBC said Bonet wasn’t participating because she was too busy.

The May 19 special, ``The Cosby Show: A Look Back,″ will include clips and taped interviews with Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad and the show’s now-grown child actors.

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