Keshia Knight Pulliam: Fired on Celebrity Apprentice For Not Calling Bill Cosby!

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Keshia Knight Pulliam of The Cosby Show fame made her debut on Celebrity Apprentice on Sunday night, and indirectly ended up getting fired because of her association with it.

Specifically, its embattled patriarch, alleged serial rapist Bill Cosby.

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Because this show is so bad even by reality TV standards, NBC can't even find a place for it these days, and last night's premiere was filmed ages so.

Many months before the abhorrent avalanche of Bill Cosby rape allegations, as it were, so when the contestants' task was to raise money for a bake sale?

One can understand, during a conversation about dialing up wealthy contacts, why Pulliam's teammates might ask her to call up her former TV father.

Pulliam, the project manager, awkwardly shot that down, opting instead to reach out to "people I felt can deliver the quickest." Whatever that means.

Cosby went unmentioned for the rest of the episode until Keshia's team lost and went before Donald Trump and co-judges Ivanka Trump and Piers Morgan.

Having come up short in the fundraising department, Keshia Knight Pulliam's team looked squarely at her, and Trump took her to task over not calling Cosby.

"Did you call Bill?" Trump asked Pulliam.

"I did not," Pulliam said through tears (again, before the Bill Cosby rape scandal). "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."

Trump would ultimately fire her, saying, "I really believe, if you'd called that gentleman, he would've helped you, even if you hadn't spoken to him in years."

"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."

The amazing part is that the show made no mention of the fact that this was filmed a year ago (or close to it) or edit down this scene in any real way.

A scene in which a female acquaintance of Bill Cosby's gets fired from a "job" by a boorish boss because she didn't beg Bill Cosby to help climb the ladder?

You can't make this stuff up.

Granted, you can't make up the fact that this show is even still on, or that Kate Gosselin is starring on it, but you see our point. It was as baffling as it gets.

What do you think? Should Pulliam have been fired for this particular non-call? Was she not saying something about Cosby that she didn't reveal? Hit the comments!

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