Keshia Knight Pulliam was the first to be fired on last night’s episode premiere episode of The Celebrity Apprentice and it was all over a phone call. Donald Trump decided to let the former Cosby kid go after Pulliam declined to call Bill Cosby to help in her fundraising effort. “I have not talked to Bill Cosby on the phone in I don’t know how long. For me to pick up the phone having not talked to you for five years, except for when we run into each other for a Cosby event, I feel that’s not my place to do,” Pulliam said to Donald Trump in the boardroom before her elimination.
Trump retorted, “You didn’t make one call that I really believe that if you’d called that gentleman he would have helped you, even if you hadn’t spoken to him in years.”
The show was filmed before the recent allegations of rape against Bill Cosby. Pulliam stopped by The Today Show and spoke out for the first time on Cosby, “What I can say is this: I wasn’t there. No one was there except for the two people who know exactly what happened. All I can speak to is the man that I know and I love. The fact that he’s been such an example, you can’t take away from the great that he has done. You know, the amount… the millions and millions of dollars that he has given back to colleges and education, and just what he did with ‘The Cosby Show’ and how groundbreaking that was.”
She added, “Ultimately, they’re just that, allegations. You know, it’s very much been played out in the court of public opinion. But we’re still in America, where ultimately you’re innocent until proven guilty. I wasn’t there. That’s just not the man I know. So I can’t speak to it.”
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