DIANE SAWYER and OPRAH WINFREY are in a desperate smackdown to snag a coveted exclusive interview with the disgraced comic.
The sicko has been deluged with offers to tell his side of the story, and the battling divas have broken out as the lead contenders.
“Bill’s desperate to tell his story,” said an insider, but pals are urging him to stay silent.
“They’re terrified he’ll blow his legacy in one bad interview,” said a pal.
“But the money’s getting too good to resist!” Oprah and Diane have upped the ante – and the smart money’s on Diane.
“Bill thinks NBC burned him when the scandal broke last fall, so he wants to get even with them by going with rival ABC – and Diane!”
The big question is whether Cosby will come clean on TV, but the source added: “There’s no way Diane or Oprah will let him off the hook.”