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Bill Cosby announces winner of the Cosby Sweater Tournament

July 15, 2013 at 9:34 AM ET

Video: "The Cosby Show” star reveals the winning garment in his online tournament, which allowed fans to choose a favorite among the iconic sweaters worn on air by his character, Heathcliff Huxtable. He also gets a special surprise from his former TV wife Phylicia Rashad.

"The Cosby Show" fans have spoken, and their favorite Cliff Huxtable threads were revealed Monday during a sweltering, far-from-sweater-weather morning.

A design featuring three runners on a track – each clad in tank tops and gym shorts – adorn the crew neck winner of the Cosby Sweater Tournament.

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The winning design from the Cosby Sweater Tournament, which allowed fans to choose a favorite among the iconic sweaters worn on air by Bill Cosby.

Bill Cosby appeared on TODAY to make the announcement, along with a reprimand for TODAY's Willie Geist, who erroneously kept referring to the contest as a vote for the “ugliest” sweater.

“They haven’t been voting for ‘ugly,’ Willie. It’s not like a baby contest,” the legendary comedian said. “It was the sweater that the people liked the best.”

The knits that Cosby wore on the iconic television series became well-known for their variety and, on occasion, their questionable fashion sense.

Earlier this month, Cosby launched a March Madness-like poll on his website to solicit feedback from fans on their favorite sweater from the show, which ran from 1984-92.

The winning sweater competed against 31 other knits and emerged from “The Argyles” division. The other categories were "The Cardigans", "The Pullovers", and "The Cashmeres".

Actress Phylicia Rashad presents a special gift to her former co-star, Bill Cosby.
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Actress Phylicia Rashad presents a special gift to her former co-star, Bill Cosby.

To commemorate the occasion, along with Cosby's 76th birthday last Friday, the TODAY anchors had a gift for Cosby. The present was delivered by a surprise guest, actress Phylicia Rashad, who played Cosby’s on-screen wife, Clair. Rashad handed Cosby the present while greeting him with a whisper.

“They woke you up?” Cosby responded .

The gift was another sweater for Cosby to add to his collection, one with a TODAY logo.

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