BREAKING NEWS – Washington, D.C. – Howard University students and alumni are calling for “Cosby Show” actress Phylicia Rashad’s firing from the school, where she serves as its dean of College of Fine Arts.

The actress was met with swift criticism after backtracking an earlier statement in which she celebrated the shocking news that her longtime TV husband Bill Cosby’s sex assault conviction had been overturned by Pennsylvania’s highest court.

Nylah Burton is one alumna who has been quite vocal on her Twitter account since Rashad’s statement. She tweeted this week, “So proud to be from Howard University! Look at our role models! Defending serial rapists, warms the heart, it really does,” according to the U.K.’s DailyMail.

Rashad finally made a public statement. “I have lost millions of dollars in residuals because ‘The Cosby Show’ hasn’t been airing anywhere,” she began. “When things settle down, I hope networks pick it up. Don’t get me wrong, I would never defend a rapist… unless that rapist has a direct affect on my personal back account.”