Trump Wants $18 Million Per Apprentice
The Donald makes some strong demands on before starting the second season of his show
Those TV network executives who believe reality shows come cheaper than scripted sitcoms and dramas may want to think again.
Taking his cues from the cast of Friends – who demanded, and received, about $1.5 million per episode each for their final season – Donald Trump has presented NBC with a very expensive list of demands before he undertakes his second season of The Apprentice, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Among the “requests” made by the 58-year-old New York real-estate developer, according to the paper: additional creative control, better living situations for the contestants and a personal assistant for himself.
And one more thing: His current $50,000-per-episode fee should be hiked a bit, too – to $9 million per. That is, until Trump remembered that Friends only ran for 30 minutes.
Since he’s on camera for the full hour on Apprentice, Trump reportedly re-submitted his salary request. It’s now $18 million per episode.
NBC has not commented, but the Journal reports that the network will end up shelling out an unspecified six-figure weekly salary to Trump, not the eight-figure sum he desired.
Trump said that should NBC want a third season, it will cost them even more. Two months ago, the Journal notes, the freshly minted TV star signed with Hollywood’s powerful Creative Artists Agency.