Former “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant Brande Roderick is coming to Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE’s defense, saying she didn't remember a controversial comment the business mogul made to her in 2013.
Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly prefaced a question at the first GOP presidential primary debate on Thursday night by recalling that Trump once told a contestant on his reality TV show that it would be a “pretty picture to see her on her knees.”
“I actually didn’t even remember him saying that,” Roderick, to whom the comment was directed, said on MSNBC’s “Live with Thomas Roberts” on Friday.
Roderick said Trump has always treated her with respect.
“I’ve always had a positive experience around Donald. He’s always been encouraging. He’s never been disrespectful to me,” Roderick said after they showed her the clip of Trump's remark. “I don’t condone men being derogatory, but I think he was just — he’s on television, he’s trying to be funny. I don’t think that he meant anything horrible by it.”
Trump made the remark in an episode of “Celebrity Apprentice 6” during a discussion with Roderick and rock star Bret Michaels.
“Brande came in here, “ Michaels said on the show, “She got down on her knees and said, ‘I passionately want to do this—' ”
“Excuse me, you dropped to your knees?” Trump interrupted.
“Yes,” Roderick responded.
“That must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees,” Trump said.
Kelly also quoted Trump as calling women “slobs,” “fat pigs,” “dogs,” and “disgusting animals” at the debate in a question about whether his demeanor is suited for the presidency.
Trump said he is looking into some of the quotes that Kelly cited.
“I’m not sure – and I’m checking this out – some of the statements she said about the women, I don’t recognize those words whatsoever,” Trump said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Friday.
“We’re going to look at that very carefully, but I don’t recognize those words. She came up with words that I didn’t recognize, so we’ll see what happens. We’re going to take a very serious look at it.”
After the debate, Trump lambasted Kelly on Twitter, calling her “angry,” “overrated” and “totally unprofessional,” and he endorsed a tweet calling her a “bimbo.”