Donald Trump Will 'Never' Return to The Celebrity Apprentice, NBC Says
The Republican presidential nominee's Celebrity Apprentice days are officially over
Though the GOP presidential nominee made his reality star mark on the NBC program, NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told Entertainment Weekly at the Television Critics Association tour in Beverly Hills on Tuesday that he will “never” be back on the show.
Asked if Trump, 70, could make a return if he loses the presidential bid in November, Greeblatt firmly replied, “No,” adding, “He would never be back on Celebrity Apprentice, as long as I’m here.”
In response to reporters who questioned the executive about the network’s role in increasing his celebrity, Greenblatt replied, “We were happy to have a show that was doing really well with a guy who was a big TV star, and it’s impossible to predict where it goes from there.”
“I think it’s surprised all of us that he would want to do this, but I guess that’s what’s great about this country. But I don’t think that there’s really that much of a correlation, one to the other,” Greenblatt said. “I think he’s been a prominent figure for so many years that it’s probably not surprising that he would embark on this kind of journey, but it is interesting that he was on the show for so long and now he’s sort of on the national stage the way he is.”
Celebrity Apprentice is set to premiere its next edition in 2017 with California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as host.