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Ariana Bacle
July 31, 2015 AT 08:53 PM EDT

The Cosby Show executive producer Tom Werner thinks “the show is kind of tarnished” in light of the dozens of sexual assault allegations made against series star Bill Cosby. But as Werner told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour on Friday, he hopes that will change.

“I do think the show is one of the most groundbreaking shows in television,” Werner said, via TV Insider. “Hopefully people can distinguish between the show and Bill. I think about all the great episodes that we’ve done and the impact that it had. I’m certainly hoping that people can continue to watch it.”

The Cosby Show aired for eight seasons from 1984 to 1992. Multiple networks pulled reruns of the show after the allegations against Cosby resurfaced last year.

“Certainly it’s a challenge right now,” Werner said, referring to watching The Cosby Show. “But I’m hoping that time will pass and that all the great acting and the great stories and the memorable moments will still be able to be viewed.”

For more, head to TV Insider.

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