Former Playboy Playmate and Celebrity Apprentice contestant Brande Roderick says she doesn't remember – and isn't offended – that Donald Trump told her in a 2013 episode she'd be a "pretty picture, you dropping to your knees" – a remark Fox News star Megyn Kelly grilled Trump about in a contentious GOP presidential candidate debate exchange Thursday night.
In an interview with MSNBC's Thomas Roberts on Friday, Roderick admitted she didn't watch the Thursday night debate, "but I did see the clip" because she wanted to view "exactly what everybody's talking about."
"Yeah, I actually didn't remember, like him, I didn't even remember him saying that," Roderick tells Roberts.
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"I've always had a positive experience around Donald," she adds. "[H]e's never been disrespectful to me...."
In the Celebrity Apprentice episode,
singer Bret Michaels and Roderick are arguing why they shouldn't be fired, with Michaels arguing at one point that Roderick "got down on her knees and passionately said, 'I want to do this.'"
Trump interrupted, asking Roderick, "Excuse me, you dropped to your knees?" To which she replied, "Yes." A few seconds later, Trump says: "It must be a pretty picture. You dropping to your knees."
"I don’t condone men being derogatory," Roderick tells Roberts, but defends Trump, saying: "He's on television, he's trying to be funny. I don't think he meant anything horrible by it. He's gonna be the way that he is."
The model says she understood the debate crowd cheered after Trump responded to Kelly's question about the remark and others he made about women, saying he wasn't going to worry about being "politically correct."
"People are seeing that is refreshing apparently," she tells Roberts. "From my experience, I've never seen him be disrespectful personally," adding that she's seen him treat his daughter "like a princess," and has never personally had a "bad experience" with the billionaire businessman and reality show host-turned-presidential contender.
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