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The Cosby Show’s Touching-Yet-Awkward Today Show Reunion

By Lindsay Robertson / May 19, 2009 - 10:19 am

There was a big Cosby Show reunion on both the regular Today Show and the fourth hour with Kathie and Hoda this morning, presided over by patriarch Bill Cosby, who was…intense, argumentative, grouchy, and a bit of a blowhard. Just like most people get at a certain age! He’s just a Grandpa, I guess! Lucky for viewers, in both segments, Malcolm Jamal Warner and Keshia Knight Pulliam stepped in and brought the conversation gracefully back to the relevant nostalgia. But in the case of the fourth hour, not before Bill wasted several minutes demanding food. Seriously. Both segments are after the jump.

First, the much more entertaining fourth hour segment. If you’ve ever wanted to see Bill Cosby set up and knock down “You can’t handle the truth!,” you’re in luck. Also, Bill is HUNGRY:

The more thoughtful discussion of the show’s legacy, with Matt Lauer. I like Phylicia Rashad’s answer to Matt’s stupid “American family or African-American family?” requisite question, and Malcolm’s explanation of why the show created its own slang instead of using what was popular at the time:

Here’s a thought: Keshia Knight Pulliam and Malcolm Jamal Warner are still working, but not that terribly much according to their IMDB pages. They’re both so good on TV, obviously, and have already worked together. There has to be something the TV industry can do with the two of them as a team. As long as “Mr. Cosby” isn’t a regular guest.