Making Money or Bad Manners?

Here’s an interesting story that came across my news feed this morning.  Keshia Knight Pulliam, best known for her role as Rudy on the Cosby Show, was recently “fired” from the competition-based reality show Celebrity Apprentice.  The reason?  For not calling Bill Cosby to ask for help with raising funds for a charity.  She claimed that she has not spoken to Cosby in five years and thus it was inappropriate to ask him for money.

I have my opinions on the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby (another day, another post).  I’m sure Pulliam has her opinions on this as well, but this episode of Celebrity Apprentice was filmed *before* the resurgence of the allegations against Cosby.  So why didn’t she call him?

Because that’s rude.

Pulliam and Cosby hadn’t talked in five years.  FIVE YEARS.  And she’s supposed to call this man talking about, “I know it has been a long time since we’ve talked–half a decade exactly–but if you could donate some money to my charity that would be awesome.  Oh, and in case you were wondering, I wouldn’t have called you if I didn’t need something.”  Umm, no.  The southern belle in me cringes at the thought.  That is tacky to the umpteenth degree.

And honestly, do you think Cosby would have coughed up the dough?

Photo courtesy of Adriana M., ActionPress.  Found on

Keshia Knight Pulliam. Photo courtesy of Adriana M., ActionPress. Found on

If someone I hadn’t spoken to but to say “hi” and “bye” in FIVE YEARS called me to ask for money for charity–heck, for anything really–I probably wouldn’t give it.

So what do y’all think?  Was Pulliam just acting like she had some manners or did she willingly bypass a good opportunity to network?

Check out the original article here, then tell me what you think!


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