The new season of Celebrity Apprentice premiered last night with Donald “The Donald” Trump and a cast that included Keshia Knight Pulliam (a.k.a. Rudy Huxtable), Kate Gosselin and Real Housewives Brandi Glanville and Kenya Moore.
The premiere caused a furor on Twitter because one of the cast was almost immediately fired for failing to hit up celebrity acquaintance and former The Cosby Show co-star Bill Cosby for money during a charity bake sale task in which Keisha was team leader. A task that she lost.
She insisted, she called the “people [she] felt can deliver the quickest.” Here’s more:
…[A]n excruciating three minutes for anyone even vaguely aware of the Cosby rape scandal. The Trumps, Morgan, and Pulliam’s team took her to task for not calling Bill Cosby and asking him for money.
“Did you call Bill?” the elder Trump asked her.
“I did not,” Pulliam said, crying. “I have not talked to Bill Cosby on the phone in I don’t know how long. 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.”
That defense wasn’t good enough for Trump, who went on to fire her, specifically because she refused to call Cosby. “I really believe, if you’d called that gentleman, he would’ve helped you, even if you hadn’t spoken to him in years,” Trump said, “because you were an amazing team with one of the most successful shows ever. So I think it would’ve been a very good call to make for charity. But you have to take responsibility. I think you agree with that.” [Vulture via Celebitchy]
In response to the backlash, Donald has responded on Twitter.
The show was recorded about a year ago. It WAS widely known a year ago that Bill was an alleged serial rapist of women. But it was later in the year that comedian Hannibal Buress made it part of his act and dozens of victims came forward. But according to Donald, it’s irrelevant and Keisha should have hit up Bill for the money anyway.
Donald wrote on Twitter “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.”
Note: At this point, we do know Bill spends his time and money digging up dirt on his alleged circa 30 victims. Also, it is not known whether Keisha is one of Bill’s victims.