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It’s not often that a reality competition series touches on a sex scandal that has been rocking the media for weeks, but that's exactly what happened with the Celebrity Apprentice premiere. Last night, NBC’s reality competition series introduced a brand new season of winners and losers. Keshia Knight Pulliam—an actress most famous for her role on The Cosby Show as a child—took a turn at bat as project manager, but it all came crashing down when head judge Donald Trump found out she hadn’t asked former TV daddy Bill Cosby for money during the challenge.

Many outlets and individuals on the internet obviously connected Pulliam’s decision to the Bill Cosby sex scandal that has come to light in recent months, causing Bill Cosby’s brand to be tarnished and Cosby projects to be pulled from the likes of Netflix and NBC. However, it turns out that not only was the episode shot before the scandal, Keshia Knight Pulliam still doesn’t have any hard feelings toward her former TV dad. She doesn’t know what happened between the comedian and those women, just that he did a lot of great things for her.

Here is what Keshia Knight Pulliam told Today
“All I can speak to is the man that 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.”

Keshia Knight Pulliam then explained that she was more than a little shocked when Donald Trump told her that she should have used her connections to Bill Cosby to her advantage on Celebrity Apprentice. She says she is not as close with Cosby as Trump obviously believed and would not contact him just for a cash payoff.
“You know I thought that was really interesting. I know The Cosby Show is in reruns. Everyone assumes that we’re this family that has dinner every Friday night. But the reality was, I hadn’t spoken to Mr. Cosby. I felt like it would be kind of tactless, very rude to call someone and be like “Hey, so let me have some money right now.”

Donald Trump has always been a man who feels like his contestants should reach out to their friends and acquaintances who are the biggest earners. It’s no surprise that Pulliam was kicked off of Celebrity Apprentice for that error, but she has a point. It is awkward to reach out to someone if you aren’t close to them. Regardless, Trump has always been a man who appreciates doggedness and tenacity more than politeness, and so Pulliam was sent home. It’s just too bad the episodes are airing now, when Bill Cosby is such a hot button topic (although I’m sure NBC is alright with it).

NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice airs on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET. You can find out when the rest of your favorite shows are returning by checking out our 2015 midseason schedule.

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