‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ premiere: Donald Trump chimes in on Keshia Knight Pulliam’s Bill Cosby strategy
Tonight, there was a definitive sense of awkwardness in the premiere of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” but that is definitely the fault of NBC in some ways. Why? In stalling so long before getting the show on the air, and then, not doing a good enough job explaining things.
Specifically, there probably should have been something that said that this episode was taped early in 2014, long before the allegations about Bill Cosby’s history with multiple women resurfaced after many years of being dormant. The fact that Project Manager Keshia Knight Pulliam decided not to use him as a donor was considered to be one of the reasons she was fired, and in the midst of all the compliments thrown around about him, the elephant in the room wasn’t mentioned … mostly because it wasn’t an elephant at the time. It was maybe more of a field mouse, at least for some who remember back to many years ago when there were first allegations.
Donald Trump spoke out about the situation on Twitter, and said that ultimately, even the shocking allegations about Cosby should not in some ways have altered what Pulliam decided to do. In his vantage point, the money would still have been going to a good cause, regardless of what the source of it was. We don’t know if we necessarily agree with that, mostly because we understand certain charities not wanting to link themselves with certain people.
In the end, it ultimately makes no difference since the damage is done on the show, and Pulliam is ultimately fired after not raising enough money for a PM. Still, it would have been nice for NBC to make this a little bit clearer for viewers as to the timing of events, just so that it didn’t look like the editors were ignoring something that has become a part of recent headlines.
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