After becoming the first contestant fired from the new season of The Celebrity Apprentice, Keshia Knight Pulliam spoke up about her decision to not reach out to her former onscreen father Bill Cosby to help her team, and her thoughts on the sexual assault allegations against Cosby.
Pulliam appeared on both Today and The Wendy Williams Show on Jan. 5 to discuss her one-episode stay on The Apprentice, and how she felt about Donald Trump’s decision to let her go.
“I did what I felt in my heart was right, and I would do it the same way,” she said to Wendy Williams.
“It’s no love lost, we just haven’t spoken,” Pulliam said. “The reality is [The Cosby Show], that was 30 years ago.” The actress went on to explain that she thought she could not realistically reach out to a former co-star who she hasn’t had much contact with in recent years.
She also explained to both Williams and Today that two of her fellow teammates brought in no money for the episode’s fundraising event. Pulliam elaborated that, because of the way the show is edited, the audience doesn’t realize many of the constraints around collecting the money that went toward winning the competition.
While the episode was filmed in March, before the recent resurfacing of sexual assault allegations against Cosby, Pulliam also spoke to her knowledge of Cosby’s character.
“Honestly that’s not the man I know,” she told Williams. “I hope that people won’t allow allegations, because again none of us were there, there are two sides to a story … it’s a horrible situation no matter however you slice it. But I feel that once the dust settles that people recognize how much he’s given to our society with his work. You can’t take that away.”
“I wasn’t there, no one was there, except for the two people to know exactly what happened,” she said on Today. “All I can speak to is the man I know and I love.”