Donald Trump Fired Rudy Huxtable Because She Wouldn’t Call Bill Cosby
WARNING: Video contains Kate Gosselin talking.
Knowing everything we know, and continue to learn, about Bill Cosby, you’d assume someone at NBC would have seen footage of Donald Trump firing Keshia Knight Pulliam, TV’s Rudy Huxtable, for refusing to call Bill Cosby while filming Celebrity Apprentice and bury it under no less than 15 landfills. Except this is the same network that couldn’t fuck enough people over to keep Jay Leno on the air, so naturally they showed it during Sunday night primetime. Via Vulture:
“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.”
Which brings us to this morning where Donald Trump tried to defend airing the segment, but mostly just said it was shot before Hannibal Burres shot a hole in the pudding pop universe which isn’t an excuse not to ask him for money. Yup:
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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2015
Except here’s the sadder part, Rudy just went on TODAY and essentially defended Bill Cosby. Via Extra:
“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 I love.”
She added, “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.”
“You can’t take away from the great that he has done.” You can when he’s an (alleged) serial rapist! And that’s entirely on him. That’s not on the media or society, but Bill Cosby’s own arrogance for thinking he’ll never be caught, or even worse, if he is, people will just go, “He’s Bill Cosby. He deserved those women.” Seriously, do people not understand how reputations work? Let’s say I save twenty babies from a well, but it’s later discovered I secretly ate one that nobody knew about. That pretty much cancels all that other stuff out and should raise some serious questions like, “Did he just save those other babies so he could eat one?”; “Are there more under his house?”; “Should we have said something when he kept bringing ketchup and mustard to Babies ‘R Us?” You have to let go of what you thought you knew, Rudy. You have to let go…