Cosby parent post! Phylicia Rashad talks Cosby Show & race; Bill Bosby talks ugly sweaters

'The Cosby Show' And Race: Phylicia Rashad Weighs In
On Sitcom's Portrayal Of A Black Family

For eight seasons, actress Phylicia Rashad played TV's favorite mom on "The Cosby Show." As Clair Huxtable, Rashad portrayed a strong, confident lawyer married to a successful doctor, the epitome of an upper-middle-class family living in Brooklyn, New York. While "The Cosby Show" was beloved by many, its critics felt that the portrayal of an African-American family wasn't realistic -- a charge Rashad had dismissed time and time again during the sitcom's run.

In an interview for "Oprah's Next Chapter," Oprah asks Rashad about the issue of race and having to defend "The Cosby Show" so frequently in the media. "You all had to answer that question over and over and over -- how is it realistic to have a doctor and a lawyer in the same house?" Oprah poses.

"Well, they didn't grow up in my community," Rashad says of the show's critics. "I grew up in Houston, Texas, in [the] third ward and it was very realistic."

And it wasn't just realistic in Houston, Rashad says. "It was realistic in Charlotte, North Carolina; in Atlanta; in New York; in Richmond; in Hampton; in Los Angeles -- it was realistic in a lot of places," she tells Oprah in the video above. "I guess it just depends on who you know and what you know."

The critics, Rashad explains, simply don't bother her. "People will always find something to complain about," Rashad says. "It piggybacks to what [Alfre Woodard] was saying about knowing your life and who and what you are. And you can stand in that and it doesn't really matter."

"Oprah's Next Chapter" returns with new episodes on Sunday, July 28, at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.

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Bill Cosby schools TODAY gang on the finer points of wearing ugly sweaters

There are just two days left in the "Cosby Sweater Tournament," the online showdown that allows fans to vote for their favorite piece of outlandish knitwear from "The Cosby Show," and the competition's getting serious.

It's getting so serious that the man behind the so-called "ugly sweaters," Bill Cosby, stopped by TODAY Wednesday to explain the finer points of his classic '80s look.

"Now, the ones with the geometric (patterns), I felt … that they were pieces of art," the TV legend explained when asked if he thought the sweaters were unfairly maligned. "(I thought,) since I'm on TV, it's a show, the people are characters, it would be interesting. Some people would say, 'That's interesting,' or some people would say, 'I like that.' But you would have moving art."

But he admitted that not every pullover was really art.

"The sweaters with the straight line across and things like that, um … it's a sweater," he deadpanned.

In honor of the sweater-off, TODAY's Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales and former host Meredith Vieira decked themselves out in some of the contenders. Guthrie joked that the puffy, blue, zigzag style that she chose worked for her.

"I've never felt sexier!" she said with a smile.

Lauer, on the other hand, didn't share the sentiment.

"I'm breaking out in hives right now," he said, gesturing toward his bold leather-knit combo, before adding, "I'm taking this off immediately after we say goodbye."

But Cosby had a better idea.

"Well, let me tell you," he said in a helpful tone. "You can also take it back to the maker, and he can do that for you in underpants."

Cosby will return to TODAY on Monday to reveal the winning wool.

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God bless these this truly flawless television couple.