*It’s been some time since Kesha Knight Pulliam has spoken to her former TV dad Bill Cosby, but the comedian ended up being the subject of choice Monday during Pulliam’s appearance on the “Today” show.
The 35-year-old former child star weighed in on recent sexual assault and drugging allegations made against Cosby by various women while stopping by the show after being fired on “Celebrity Apprentice.”
“What I can say is this: I wasn’t there. 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 love,” Pulliam said while acknowledging the TV icon’s accomplishments on and off the small screen.
“The fact that he’s been such an example, you can’t take away from the great that he has done. 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.”
“Ultimately, they’re just that, allegations, she continued. “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’s appearance on the “Today” show comes after her “Celebrity Apprentice” firing Sunday night, which occurred after she chose not to call Cosby to raise money for her charity, Kamp Kizzy. Contrary to what’s seen on “The Cosby Show,” Pulliam and Cosby are not as close as their TV counterparts. As a result, the actress felt it wasn’t wise to reconnect under less than genuine circumstances.
“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.'”
To see Pulliam discuss “Celebrity Apprentice” and Cosby with Wendy Williams, check out the video below: