Donald Trump will remain an exec producer on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” which is returning Jan. 2 after a two-year hiatus with new host Arnold Schwarzenegger.
MGM confirmed to Variety that Trump has retained his EP credit on the series. The president-elect’s status on the 15th season of the reality series that made him a household name has been a question since Trump launched his presidential campaign in June 2015. In the credit sequence, Trump’s name will air after that of “Apprentice” creator Mark Burnett and before Schwarzenegger, who is also an exec producer of the new incarnation along with Page Feldman and Eric Van Wagenen.
The larger issue for MGM, NBC, and the White House is the payment that Trump will receive for the series. It’s unclear what his per-episode fee is, but it is likely to be in the low five-figures, at minimum. NBC has ordered eight episodes of “The New Celebrity Apprentice.” Trump’s fees will be paid through MGM, the production entity on the show, not NBC. MGM declined to comment on the financial terms of Trump’s deal.
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks confirmed that Trump has maintained a financial interest in “Apprentice.”
So let me get this straight! NBC is going to have on its schedule a TV show whose production company is paying REAL MONEY to newly elected President Lügenorange.
Does anyone see a massive conflict of interest here?
MGM just opened a casino within public transit distance of Washington, D.C. MGM is putting money in the pocket of their most powerful employee, a lying, racist, anti-Semitic, xenophobic, homophobic, misogynistic, pedophile thief.
The new president has been bought off by a casino. Is he going to be a mumbling greeter at the entrance?
Welcome to Bizarro World.