On Sunday's premiere of Celebrity Apprentice, Pulliam, the project manager for her team's task, was heavily criticized and ultimately fired for not calling Cosby for donations. At the time of filming nearly a year ago, and prior to the onslaught of accusations against Cosby, the actress said she hadn't spoken to him in five years and felt uncomfortable reaching out for money in a lengthy, now-awkward boardroom scene. "I really believe, if you'd called that gentleman, he would've helped you, even if you hadn't spoken to him in years," Donald Trump told Pulliam before firing her. (Trump maintained that stance on Twitter Sunday night.)
Following her exit from the show, Pulliam was forced to comment on the scandal on Monday's Todayshow.
"What I can say is this: I wasn't there, no one was there, except for the two people to know exactly what happened," she said. "All I can speak to is the man I know and I love the fact that he has been such an example [and] you can't take away from the great that he has done, the millions and millions of dollars he has given back to colleges and education, and just what he did withThe Cosby Showand how groundbreaking that was."
More than 20 women have come forward since November with sexual assault allegations against Cosby. When asked if she was shocked by the allegations, Pulliam added, "Ultimately it's just that: allegations. And it's been very much played out in the court of public opinion. But we're still in America where you're innocent until proven guilty and I wasn't there and that's just not the man I know, so I can't speak to it."
What do you think of Pulliam's comments? Do you think she should've called Cosby?
Watch her interview: