Last night, Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxstable on The Cosby Show, was fired from Celebrity Apprentice when she failed to contact her former TV dad, Bill Cosby, to help raise money for a fundraising task.
The 35-year-old actress appeared this morning on NBC’s TODAY and further explained why she didn’t call Cosby to ask for money.
“I know The Cosby Show is in reruns, and everyone thinks that we’re this family that has dinner every Friday night,” Pulliam said. “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.’”
Taping of last night’s Celebrity Apprentice episode took place back in March 2014, months before more than two dozen women came forward with sexual assault allegations against Cosby.
Pulliam took the opportunity this morning to address the claims surrounding Cosby.
“Ultimately, they’re just that, allegations,” she said. “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.”
Pulliam also appeared on The Wendy Williams Show and addressed being fired from the Celebrity Apprentice. She also said she would never consider becoming a Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member.