Lenny Kravitz claims that Bill Cosby fired Lisa Bonet from A Different World after she revealed that she was pregnant. The Cosby Show spin-off series aired from 1988 to 1993, though Bonet only appeared in season 1 after becoming pregnant. Kravitz reveals the information in his memoir, Let Love Rule, which hit bookshelves earlier this week. Kravitz and Bonet were married from 1987 to 1993 and have one child together, actress Zoe Kravitz.
According to Lenny Kravitz's memoir, Bill Cosby already knew that Lisa Bonet was pregnant when she and A Different World producer Debbie Allen called him. "You're here to tell me you're pregnant, aren't you?" Cosby allegedly asked Bonet at the time. Allen then allegedly explained that she liked the idea of Bonet's character, Denise Huxtable, deciding to raise a child on her own. Kravitz claims that Cosby needed time to think over the decision, though he later called back to say, "Lisa Bonet is pregnant, but Denise Huxtable is not." From there, the young actress was kicked off of the show. The disgraced comedian and his representatives have yet to respond to the allegations.
Bill Cosby is currently serving time in prison after he was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault and sentenced to three to ten years in prison in September 2018. Cosby has tried to get out of a few times, after allegedly getting hit in the head with a stale hot dog bun and falling down some stairs and again during the public health crisis. It is unclear if Cosby will be up for parole on 2021, or if he will have to serve the whole sentence of 10 years.
In 2018, Lisa Bonet was asked about Bill Cosby and the multiple allegations of sexual assault. "There was just energy. And that type of sinister, shadow energy cannot be concealed," she said. When asked if she sensed a darkness, Bonet admitted, "Always. And if I had anything more to reveal, then it would have happened a long time ago. That's my nature. The truth will set you free." She concluded on the subject my stating, "I don't need to say, 'I told you so,' I just leave all that to karma and justice and what will be."
While Lisa Bonet did not appear in A Different World after becoming pregnant, she did go back to The Cosby Show after Zoe Kravitz was born. She left soon after in 1991, and was not invited back for the series finale. Lenny Kravitz claims that Bonet's "relationship with Bill was tense and ultimately untenable" after he fired her from A Different World. Kravitz also spends time in his book revealing how well he and Bonet get along these days, noting that he and Bonet's current husband, Jason Momoa, are good friends too. You can get more information about the Let Love Rule memoir over at Macmillan Publishers.