Donald Trump Mocked Singer's Skin in Unaired Apprentice Transcript
Emily West appeared as a guest star for a challenge where the contestants were tasked with giving country singers makeovers
A leaked transcript from a 2010 episode of The Celebrity Apprentice offers further proof that Donald Trump‘s derogatory comments regarding women’s appearances are a longstanding tendency of the Republican nominee.
The transcript from a season nine episode titled “Beauty and Brains” obtained by The Huffington Postcaptures Trump insulting the looks of a budding country singer, Emily West, 35.
“I assume you’re gonna leave this off, don’t put this s–t on the show, you know. But her skin, her skin sucks, okay?” Trump allegedly says in unaired footage, according to the transcript. “I mean her skin, she needs some serious f—in’ dermatology.”
West appeared as a guest star on the show for a challenge where the contestants were tasked with giving two country singers, West and an emerging Luke Bryan, makeovers and a promotional campaign plan.
Cyndi Lauper was heading up the team for West. The singer insisted that photos of West not be airbrushed or touched up and suggested that Trump had a problem with something that was “not her skin.”
The situation escalated when Trump continued, “F—. That’s Emily, that’s what I’m hearing about? Let me see the other one. I assume you’re not putting this on the show. ‘Cause I don’t wanna destroy the kid’s career.”
During the roughly three-minute-long discussion, Trump asked guest judge Trace Adkins if he thought West’s makeup looked good. When Adkins said it did, the business mogul replied, “You’re obviously not a skin man. I wish I wasn’t.”
On the subject of Bryan, Trump is quoted as saying, “Personally, I am, as you probably heard, not a gay man, but I think he’s better looking [than] Emily, okay?”
West’s team ended up winning the competition.
Lauper confirmed the incident to The Huffington Post.
“That’s the way he is,” she told the outlet. “It is just very disappointing.”
West tells Rolling Stone she was “hurt and kind of grossed out” but not surprised by the comments.
“I feel really bad for him, because he doesn’t know how the human heart works,” she said of Trump. “You can’t say things like that to people and then one day expect to win; your character is going to show up.”
After footage leaked Friday of Trump making lewd comments about Nancy O’Dell and Arianne Zucker to Billy Bush on an Access Hollywood bus in 2005, a former Apprentice producer, Bill Pruitt, tweeted that there “are far worse” offensive comments made by Trump during the taping of the show.
“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, 56, 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.”