Mark Burnett Says He's Powerless to Release Apprentice Outtakes of Donald Trump
"Various contractual and legal requirements also restrict MGM's ability to release such material," a portion of the statement reads
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, the Apprentice producer reveals that he is unable to distribute footage from the NBC program, on which the businessman-turned-GOP candidate was the host.
“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.”
The statement, which also addressed that the MGM president “has consistently supported Democratic campaigns,” comes after much pressure on Burnett, MGM and NBC to release any unaired footage from The Apprentice that could display Trump’s possible disparaging behavior toward women on the set of the hit NBC show.
Last week, the Associated Press reported that the Republican presidential nominee’s behavior toward women on the set of the show, including staffers and contestants, was lewd and sexist.
Randal Pinkett, who won season 4 of The Apprentice in December 2005, said Trump would talk about which contestants he would sleep with even after he married wife Melania earlier that year: “He was like ‘Isn’t she hot, check her out,’ kind of gawking, something to the effect of ‘I’d like to hit that.'”
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Burnett is best known as an award-winning reality television producer, responsible for shows such as The Voice, Celebrity Apprentice, Survivor and Shark Tank. He recently produced a reboot of the film Ben-Hur, along with wife and actress Roma Downey.