Donald Trump Still Executive Producing Schwarzenegger’s ‘Apprentice’
Just when you thought NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice one of the few aspects of 2017 putting Donald Trump behind it, it seems the former boss and Tweeter-Elect will still make his presence felt. Reports confirm Trump will maintain an executive producer credit on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Celebrity Apprentice, raising further conflict-of-interest questions.
Variety confirmed that Trump will retain a credit on the coming 15th season, specifically displayed after series creator Mark Burnett, but before new host and executive producer Schwarzenegger. Trump will also receive a “low five-figure” fee for each of the eight episodes aired, albeit paid through MGM, rather than NBC, who previously purported to sever business ties with the then-presidential candidate.
Worth noting is that while a number of series retain executive producer credits long after their involvement (you think Stan Lee is weighing in on Infinity War?), the Trump team had this to say of the news:
Mr. Trump has a big stake in the show and conceived of it with Mark Burnett. Additional details regarding his business interests will be shared December 15th.
Set to premiere January 2, the competing Apprentice cast will include SNL alum Jon Lovitz, Laila Ali, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Boy George, American Ninja Warrior host Matt Iseman, VH1 alum Carrie Keagan, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy vet Carson Kressley, ex-WNBA player Lisa Leslie, Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Real Housewives stars Kyle Richards and Porsha Williams, mixed martial artist Chael Sonnen, former NFL running backs Ricky Williams and Eric Dickerson, as well as Wilson Phillips singer Carnie Wilson.
We’ll likely learn more before January, but in the meantime, check out Arnold’s Celebrity Apprentice below.