Keshia Knight Pulliam appeared of the Today and The Wendy Williams show on Monday after being fired from Celebrity Apprentice on Sunday night to address her elimination —and the recent Bill Cosby sexual assault allegations.
On her decision not to call Cosby:
“I know ‘The Cosby Show’ is in reruns, and everyone thinks that we’re this family that has dinner every Friday night,” she told Savannah Guthrie. “But the reality was I hadn’t spoken to Mr. Cosby. I felt that it would be tactless, very rude to call someone and be like, ‘Hey, so, let me have some money right now.'”
Pulliam said in interviews on Today and The Wendy Williams Show on Monday, “Honestly, that’s not the man I know.”
On Today: “All I can speak to is the man I know and I love the fact that he has been such an example [and] you can’t take away from the great that he has done, the millions and millions of dollars he has given back to colleges and education, and just what he did with The Cosby Show and how groundbreaking that was.”
On Wendy Williams: “The Cosbys, we were the first family that no matter what race, religion, you saw yourself in. … At the end of the day they are allegations. … I don’t have that story to tell.”
On Bill 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…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.
On the Cosby allegations.:
“Ultimately, I wasn’t there.” “So I can’t really speak to what transpired, I can only speak to the man I know. And he was an amazing, philanthropic, inspirational guy who always treated me very well…He’s done a lot, in general.”
Trump took to Twitter to point out that he was not aware of the sexual assault allegations at the time of his decision.
“This show was taped just before the terrible Bill Cosby revelations came to light,” he tweeted after the show. “She still should have asked him for money — goes to charity,” he added.
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