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Bill Cosby’s Sitcom Canceled

March 25, 2000 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ ``Cosby″ will take its final bow this season on CBS.

Bill Cosby’s sitcom, which has slipped in the ratings in its fourth season, won’t return in the fall, the network announced Friday.

``I’m going out with the graduating class of 2000,″ Cosby said. ``I wish we could have done better for CBS.″

No decision has been made on the future of ``Kids Say the Darndest Things,″ the children’s interview show Cosby hosts for CBS, the network said.

``Cosby,″ which won its Monday time slot for three consecutive years, fared poorly after being moved to Wednesday and then Friday night. Viewership for ``Cosby″ fell from an average 16 million viewers per episode in its first year to about 9 million this season.

Series co-star Madeline Kahn, who played neighbor Pauline, died of ovarian cancer last December.

The final episode will air Friday, April 28. Cosby will continue working with CBS through a development deal and other projects, the network said.

``Cosby″ helped bring CBS out of a ratings slump when it debuted in September 1996.

``Everyone at CBS is proud that Bill chose to bring ‘Cosby’ here, and we are thrilled that he will still be an important part of the CBS family,″ said Leslie Moonves, president and chief executive officer of CBS Television.

Cosby has starred in several television series, including the adventure drama ``I Spy″ from 1965-68, ``The Bill Cosby Show″ from 1969-71, and ``The Cosby Show″ from 1984-92.