Keshia Knight Pulliam Talks Bill Cosby on ‘The Today Show’
As the allegations of rape and sexual assault against Bill Cosby continue to mount, his name also played a definite role into the demise of Keshia Knight Pulliam’s run on The Celebrity Apprentice.
Pulliam, who played his youngest, Rudy Huxtable, on The Cosby Show, was fired from the series premiere of Donald Trumps competition series on Sunday night (Jan 4) after not calling her former boss to ask for donations for her charity.
While the media framed Keshia’s refusal to call Cosby in light of the recent allegations, Pulliam cleared things up with an appearance on The Today Show. She said her refusal to call him has nothing to do with his rape allegations, especially since that episode was filmed in March 2014, before the allegations made headlines.
“I know The Cosby Show is in reruns, and everyone thinks that we’re this family that has dinner every Friday night. 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.'”
When asked her thoughts on the allegations, Keshia was honest on her idea of guilty until proven innnocent. “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,” she said about her TV father. “I wasn’t there. That’s just not the man I know. So I can’t speak to it—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.”
Though one thing Pulliam was remained adamant about was preserving his legacy, despite how the allegations ultimately play out.
“The fact that he’s been such an example, you can’t take away from the great that he has done,” Pulliam explained. “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.”