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Playboy Jazz Festival host Bill Cosby retires

Bill Cosby (center) is seen on stage at the Playboy Jazz Festival in this undated file photo. Cosby will no longer host the event after 30 years.

June 14, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
After more than 30 years, Bill Cosby is retiring as the master of ceremonies of the annual Playboy Jazz Festival.

This weekend's big event at the Hollywood Bowl will be his final time hosting. He's been a fixture at the fest since it started in 1979.

Artists he's introduced over the years have ranged from Miles Davis to Lionel Hampton to Sarah Vaughan.

Hugh Hefner says in a statement that Cosby's comedic talent and passion for jazz have made an immeasurable contribution to the success of the festival.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.