Trump Keeping Position on Celebrity Apprentice

He's credited as executive producer
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2016 1:25 AM CST
Donald Trump mugs for photographers at the NBC 2015 Winter TCA Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision via AP, File)
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(Newser) – In January, Donald Trump will apparently be at the top of the executive branches of both the United States of America and Celebrity Apprentice. MGM has confirmed to Variety that Trump will be credited as an executive producer of the reality show's relaunched series, though he's been replaced as host by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Trump's name will appear in the credits after that of show creator and MGM president Mark Burnett, according to Variety, which estimates that Trump's compensation per episode "is likely to be in the low five-figures, at minimum."

Trump says he will be leaving his businesses "in total" to focus on running the country, though he hasn't publicly discussed the Celebrity Apprentice role. "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," a transition team spokeswoman said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter. Trump is unlikely to be doing any actual work on the show: The AP notes that while a TV producer's tasks vary, "the credit also can be given as a so-called vanity perk and for compensation without actively working on a project." (Read more Celebrity Apprentice stories.)

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