W Kamau Bell, the host of CNN’s United Shades of America series since 2016, announced that he would be reckoning with the legacy of a disgraced comedy legend in a new Bill Cosby docuseries. Titled We Need to Talk About Cosby, the four-part project will cover his impact on the comedy scene and eventual fall from grace.

In a trailer released on Monday for the upcoming Bill Cosby docuseries, W Kamau Bell stated that he thought of himself as “a child of Bill Cosby,” like many Black comedians in the scene, growing up when Cosby was an inspiration and role model.

“You know what I mean,” he continued. “I’m a Black man, a stand-up comic, born in the Seventies. Bill Cosby had been one of my heroes.”

After the Cosby Show comedy legend was accused of sexual assault by over 60 women, however, everything changed.

“This was fucked up,” W Kamau Bell stated in the trailer, recalling the accusations of rape, drug-induced sexual battery, and gross abuse of celebrity power that eventually came to light.

According to Rolling Stone, the docuseries will discuss not only his cultural impact and how the allegations affected that image, but how powerful men like Bill Cosby are able to wield their influence in such perverse ways. W Kamau Bell will also speak with victims of Cosby’s abuse, juxtaposed with comedians describing his influence on their work, and the shock of hearing about his other life as a sexual predator.

Hoping to answer the question of “How do we talk about Bill Cosby?” the four-part docuseries will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 22. We Need to Talk About Cosby will then air for the public on Jan. 30, where all four episodes will be available to stream on Showtime.

“I was a huge fan of all his shows and wanted to be a comedian because of him,” W Kamau Bell said in a statement to Rolling Stone. “I never thought I’d ever wrestle with who we all thought Cosby was and who we now understand him to be. I’m not sure he would want me to do this work, but Cliff Huxtable definitely would.”

W Kamau Bell, CNN host, talked to victims and comedians about Bill Cosby
W Kamau Bell, CNN host, talked to victims and comedians about Bill Cosby. Shutterstock

Back in June, Bill Cosby was released from prison after serving three years. His appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which ended up overturning his sexual assault conviction, was controversial but successful. He settled a civil lawsuit by paying roughly $3.38 million.

The court ruled that his due process rights were violated when former District Attorney Bruce Castor declared in a press release that he would not be prosecuted. Kevin Steele, the district attorney for Montgomery County in Pennsylvania, later filed a petition appealing the ruling to let Cosby walk after three years.

Bill Cosby planned a post-prison comedy tour after getting released, but the idea was scrapped after he was hit with yet another sexual assault lawsuit. The suit, filed by Judy Huth, alleged that Cosby assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion back in the ’70s when she was just 15 years old.

Recently defending his on-screen wife, Phylicia Rashad, who celebrated his release from prison, Cosby came under scrutiny once again.

The “mainstream media are the Insurrectionists,” he wrote in a statement to Deadline. “It’s a violation of ones rights & we the people stand in support of Ms. Phylicia Rashad.”

Rashad, at the time, defended Bill Cosby despite the allegations, writing “FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is being righted — a miscarriage of justice is corrected!”

The scrapped comedy tour, which Bill Cosby plans to reschedule for after his latest lawsuit from Judy Huth, will reportedly discuss the trial and his accusations, along with his opinions that men accused of sex crimes like him and R. Kelly, were “railroaded” by a “parade of women.”