Stephen M. Silverman
April 13, 2004 03:14 PM

Never one to be shy about asking for money, Donald Trump has negotiated a major pay raise for the next two editions of his NBC reality series “The Apprentice.”

Trump, 57, confirmed he was making about $50,000 an episode this season, the Los Angeles Times reports, adding that the figure would at least double for the future.

Trump’s per-show salary, however, does not include his percentage of merchandising tied to the program or his producing fees for the show.

As for merchandise, last week ABC announced that $14 mugs bearing Trump’s trademark (but not yet trademarked, though he has filed the legal application) slogan “You’re fired!” are now on the market.

As computed by the New York Post, the real-estate mogul is due to pocket about $3.2 million for the next season of the show, which is scheduled to return for two 16-episode runs in the 2004-2005 season.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, this season’s live, two-hour finale of “The Apprentice” will take place on Thursday night.

And to put some money to good use, “The Apprentice” has partnered with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation to offer props and memorabilia from the show as well as “Apprentice”-inspired experience packages — all on eBay, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the foundation, the charity has announced.

Immediately after the finale airs on the West Coast, fans can log onto eBay and bid on items from the series, as well as the chance to become “apprentice-for-a-day” with several well-known celebrities and business leaders. The benefit auction will run from April 15-27.

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