Grapevine: Keisha Knight Pulliam defends show legacy

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Keisha Knight Pulliam defends ‘Cosby Show’ legacy

In an interview with the Grio, actor Keisha Knight Pulliam discussed her feelings toward Bill Cosby and “The Cosby Show” in the wake of the mountain of sexual misconduct allegations against the TV star and comedian. “You can’t take back the impact that (the show) had on generations of kids, and it’s continuing to have such a positive impact on them,” said Pulliam, who played Cosby’s youngest daughter, Rudy Huxstable, on the show. “So I feel like the place that it has in people’s hearts is such a nostalgic part of childhood and beyond, it’s going to be difficult to take back those memories.” She also reaffirmed her statement that the side of Cosby that’s being shown in the media related to the allegations is not consistent with the man she grew up with. “That’s just not the man I know,” she said. “That’s not who I experienced. I never had that interaction with him, so I can’t speak to it.”

‘Jersey Boys’ set to kick off Thanksgiving Parade

Before the 89th America’s Thanksgiving Parade kicks off in Detroit this year, spectators will be treated to a live performance of the award-winning Broadway musical “Jersey Boys.” The production, which has won Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. “Jersey Boys” is in town at the Fisher Theatre Nov. 17-Dec. 6. Members of the cast will sing in the TV zone, at Woodward and Grand River, before the parade marches down Woodward from Kirby to Congress. This year’s parade theme is “So Happy Together,” and comedian and Michigan native Tim Allen is set to be the Grand Marshall. America’s Thanksgiving Parade takes place the morning of Nov. 26. It will broadcast on WDIV-TV and on WJR-AM from 10 a.m.-noon. Grandstand tickets, $35-$60, are on sale now at

Jack White attends neighborhood potluck

According to an Instragram user Jedidiah Jenkins, Detroit rocker Jack White attended a neighborhood potluck on his residential street in Nashville recently. Instagram user Jedidiah Jenkins, a travel writer, posted a photo of White with a group of neighbors. His caption: “My mom helps put on a neighborhood potluck in front of my childhood home. Our little dead-end street is populated primarily with older and quiet people... My neighborhood has been doing this potluck for over a decade. At the bottom of our street, there is a large gated historic home shrouded in trees. We’ve never really spotted that neighbor. But we have from time to time heard guitar coming from the garage.” Turns out, that neighbor is the Third Man himself. Jenkins said White stopped by the gathering, introduced himself and apologized for having not done so sooner. No details on whether White brought a dish to pass.

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Country and pop singer Billy Joe Royal died suddenly at his home in North Carolina Tuesday, the Tennessean reports. He was best known for his 1980s country singles and the hit songs “Down in the Boondocks” and “I Knew You When.” He was 73.

Actor Kevin Corcoran died this week at age 66. He was known for his role as the youngest son in the 1957 Disney classic “Old Yeller.” As an adult, he became a television producer on shows like “The Shield” and “Sons of Anarchy.” He had colorectal cancer.

■Aline Ohanesian, author of “Orhan’s Inheritance,” will be visiting Detroit this week. She’ll pop in at Pages Bookshop, 19560 Grand River in Detroit, at 7 p.m. Friday. She’ll also be part of the Detroit Armenian Centennial Committee Book Fair from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday at the University of Michigan’s Kochoff Hall, 4901 Evergreen in Dearborn.

■Actor Randy Quaid was arrested and detained in Montreal recently, although the reason for the arrest is unclear. Quaid, who has been living in Canada with his wife since 2010, had his bid for permanent residency denied in 2012, according to the Montreal Gazette.

Thursday’s birthdays

Chevy Chase, 72

Sigourney Weaver, 66

Matt Damon, 45

Nick Cannon, 35

Bruno Mars, 30