The 14th season of "Celebrity Apprentice" began with a bit of controversy Sunday night when the first person fired, former "Cosby Show" star Keshia Knight Pulliam, was canned because of her refusal to contact her former co-star, Bill Cosby, for money.
Pulliam was her team's project manager for the first task of the season, which involved attempting to raise money for each celebrity's favorite charity. But Pulliam resisted pressure from her teammates to contact Cosby. When the female celebrity team, including Brandi Glanville and Kate Gosselin, wound up raising less money than the male celebrity team, Pulliam took the fall in the boardroom.
Though the episode was taped in March 2014, months before Cosby's most recent round of controversy, in which he has been accused of sexual abuse by more than two dozen women, the specter of those allegations hung over every awkward interaction involving Pulliam declining to contact her co-star.
"I have not talked to Bill Cosby on the phone in I don't know how long," Pulliam told Donald Trump in the boardroom segment. "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."
Though the conversation takes on a different light with the recent accusations leveled against Cosby, Trump has not swayed from his position. During Sunday's broadcast, he tweeted, "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."
The cast of "The Cosby Show" has remained mostly silent in the face of the allegations against Cosby. When asked about them by Savannah Guthrie on the "Today" show, Pulliam chose not to attack Cosby.
"What I can say is this: I wasn't there," she told Guthrie. "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."