The season premiere of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ aired on Jan. 5, and shockingly focused a ton on Bill Cosby — who played Keisha Knight Pulliam’s TV dad on ‘The Cosby Show.’ So was he to blame for the outcome of the premiere?
No on expected to hear the name Bill Cosby so much on the season 14 premiere of The Celebrity Apprentice — but that’s exactly what happened. Keisha Knight Pulliam — who rose to fame as Rudy Huxtable on The Cosby Show — took on the role of project manager, but refused to reach out to her TV dad for money. Now, she’s defending Bill, in a brand new interview on the Today show. “That’s not the man I know,” she said.
‘The Celebrity Apprentice’: Keshia Knight Pulliam Eliminated
When Keisha volunteered to be project manager, Donald Trump and Piers Morgan felt that meant she needed to use her biggest resource — Bill Cosby. However, she didn’t call him and ask for a donation for charity, while the rest of her team reached out to their biggest connections.
“I have not talked to Bill Cosby on the phone in I don’t know how long,” Keisha said in the board room to try and defend her decision. “So 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.”
However, Donald didn’t understand, and ended up firing her for not calling “this tremendous guy with this tremendous amount of money.” Piers also chimed in with, “Call him and say it’s for charity, Bill.”
Keisha Defends Bill
However, she didn’t — and that meant she was fired. Of course, it was awkward seeing it all go down after the allegations that have now come out about Bill Cosby allegedly abusing young women.
Donald Trump took to Twitter after the episode to explain why she was eliminated.
This show was taped just before the terrible Bill Cosby revelations came to light.She still should have asked him for money-goes to charity.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2015
Then, the following day, Keisha was on the Today show, and she was asked about the allegations.
“They’re just that — allegations. We live in America, where you’re innocent until proven guilty,” she said. “All I can speak to is the man that I know and I love.” Well sad, Keisha!
Do you think she deserved to go home, HollywoodLifers?
— Emily Longeretta