Burnett, 56, released a statement Wednesday denying that he will cast a vote in Trump’s favor on Election Day Nov. 8.
“Given all of the false media reports, I feel compelled to clarify a few points. I am not now and have never been a supporter of Donald Trump’s candidacy. I am NOT ‘Pro-Trump,’ ” the MGM president and executive producer of The Apprentice said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “Further, my wife and I reject the hatred, division and misogyny that has been a very unfortunate part of his campaign,” he continued on behalf of himself and his wife, actress Roma Downey.
Marvin S. Putnam of Latham & Watkins, who serves as counsel to MGM, issued the following statement on behalf of the studios: “MGM, not Mark Burnett, owns The Apprentice. MGM has agreements with artists across a wide spectrum of creative properties, including The Apprentice. These agreements typically contain provisions related to confidentiality and artist’s rights. MGM has every intention of complying with its agreements with artists and honoring their rights, including with respect to The Apprentice.”
After an 11-year-old video surfaced Friday of Trump and Billy Bush making lewd comments about Nancy O’Dell and Arianne Zucker on-board an Access Hollywood bus in 2005, Burnett denied his ability to release footage from his NBC program in a statement released Monday.
“MGM owns Mark Burnett’s production company and The Apprentice is one of its properties. Various contractual and legal requirements also restrict MGM’s ability to release such material,” the joint statement on behalf of MGM and Burnett reads. “The recent claims that Mark Burnett has threatened anyone with litigation if they were to leak such material are completely and unequivocally false. To be clear, as previously reported in the press, which Mark Burnett has confirmed, he has consistently supported Democratic campaigns.”