Bill Cosby has cancelled two stand-up comedy performances, at Boston's Wilbur Theater, which were due to attract protests, The Guardian reports.

The Wilbur posted a message on its Facebook page announcing the cancelation and apologizing for any inconvenience caused, but did not offer any explanation as to why the shows were being cancelled. All purchased tickets are to be refunded.

The Guardian reports that women's groups were expected to protest Cosby's appearance at the Wilbur, though Cosby attributed the cancelation to the inclement weather. "I have decided to cancel for your travel safety. No need to worry, I will be back soon to raise the roof with laughter," Cosby said in a statement given to the Boston Herald. "Don't forget I said, I will be back soon. Hey, Hey, Hey — I'm Far From Finished."

According to CBS Boston, Helen Gumpel, an actress who appeared on an episode of The Cosby Show, is expected to hold a news conference in Boston today to discuss sexual advances Cosby made towards her.

Cosby's spokesperson spokesman Andrew Wyatt told the Boston Herald that both shows were sold out. "We're now trying to find other dates," Wyatt said. "He just wanted his fans to be safe."

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