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Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 1:46PM EDT
President Trump is considering pardoning Martha Stewart and commuting Celebrity Apprentice alum Rod Blagojevich's sentence
Trump, who feuded with Stewart while calling her failed 2005 spinoff of The Apprentice "terrible," told reporters today on Air Force One he's considering pardoning Stewart over her conviction in an insider trading case that resulted in her spending five months in prison in 2004. Former Illinois Gov. Blagojevich, who competed on four episodes of Celebrity Apprentice in 2010, was convicted in 2011 of corruption charges. He is serving a 14-year sentence. Trump told reporters Blagojevich was punished for “saying things that every other politician, you know that many other politicians say." ALSO: Video emerges of Martha Stewart joking with Joan Rivers about slaughtering Trump.
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 10:42PM EDT
New York appeals court denies President Trump's motion to halt ex-Apprentice star's defamation lawsuit
A five-judge panel rejected Trump's bid to pause Summer Zervos' defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump, stemming from his denial of her sexual misconduct allegations.
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 10:57PM EDT
Trump accuser Summer Zervos subpoenas The Apprentice recordings
Zervos, who competed on Season 5 of the NBC reality show, is suing Trump for defamation after she accused him of sexually assaulting her and he called her a liar. Zervos' lawyers issued the subpoena to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which owns The Apprentice archives. “We’re gathering evidence that we believe will prove that the defendant lied when he falsely denigrated Ms. Zervos and when he denied sexually assaulting her,” said Zervos' attorney, Mariann Wang. Earlier Wednesday, Viceland announced a Tom Arnold reality show that will have him looking for Trump's "racy Apprentice outtakes."
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 4:40PM EDT
A movie about Donald Trump's rise in New York City will be called The Apprentice
The film written by Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman will take the name of Trump's NBC reality show. Sherman is the author of the definitive book of Fox News founder Roger Ailes.
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 1:17PM EDT
Tom Arnold to go on The Hunt for Trump Tapes on Viceland
The comic actor is teaming up with Viceland to search for everything from The Apprentice outtakes to unseen Miss Universe footage to the infamous alleged Russian dossier "pee tape" on the eight-episode The Hunt for the Trump Tapes with Tom Arnold.
Posted Tuesday 5/01/18 at 11:02PM EDT
Why it's wrong to call Trump a "reality TV president"
Donald Trump's Apprentice persona may have framed him as presidential, but he doesn't display the characteristics of the star of a reality show, says Lucas Mann. Specifically, what makes a reality star is being accessible and vulnerable to the public, qualities that Trump never displays. "This is why speaking in blanket statements about this reality-TV presidency is limiting and unproductive," says Mann. "Trump may well be trying to run his administration like a very particular kind of program, but increasingly the show seems to be shifting out of his control. What’s being revealed is how ill-equipped Trump is to deal with the burdens of not just the job of president, but also that of a reality-TV star."
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 9:56AM EDT
Stormy Daniels gives 60 Minutes its best ratings in a decade
Early numbers show that 24.5 million viewers tuned in for Anderson Cooper's sitdown with the porn star, who detailed her alleged affair with Donald Trump. Those are the best ratings since Steve Kroft's interview with Barack and Michelle Obama after he won the presidency in 2008. The high ratings are despite a 35-minute delay of the interview in the Eastern and Central time zones due to NCAA basketball overtime. The delay meant that 60 Minutes was scooped by itself because CBS News allowed publications such as Entertainment Weekly, The Daily Beast and Deadline to post details of the interview at 7 p.m. E.T.
- It's not 60 Minutes' fault that the Stormy Daniels interview took us to a new level of media degradation
- The reality show president may have met his match in Stormy Daniels
- Stormy Daniels reiterates that Trump said he'll try to get her on The Apprentice
- Here is a compilation of every time CBS Sports' Jim Nantz had to say "Stormy Daniels"
Posted Tuesday 3/20/18 at 3:15PM EDT
Judge rejects President Trump's bid to dismiss an ex-Apprentice contestant's defamation lawsuit
A New York judge dismissed arguments from Trump's lawyers that he is immune from the suit in state court while serving as president. Judge Jennifer Schechter ruled that there was "absolutely no authority" justifying tossing out litigation over "unofficial conduct." Zervos says that Trump kissed her and groped her breast, an allegation the President called "fake news," resulting in the defamation suit.
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 10:17PM EDT
The New York Times made a Too Many Cooks-style video to mark Rex Tillerson's firing
The Times' Opinion section made a sitcom-style montage mocking Trump's many firings at the White House with a video reminiscent of Adult Swim's Too Many Cooks, which parodied opening sequences of 1980s and 1990s sitcoms. ALSO: Jake Tapper takes President Trump to task for not living up to his "You're fired" Apprentice reputation.
Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 1:50AM EST
Celebrity Big Brother would still be a political show even without Omarosa
The Head of Household competition is one example of how politics informs Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother, says Jen Chaney. "Even if you cut out Omarosa’s comments about how Melania Trump is actually sharper than people think, Celebrity Big Brother is, at its core, a pretty political show," she says. "Much has been said and written about how Trump became the 'reality-show president' by capitalizing, in part, on the cachet he developed as the no-nonsense, successful businessman he portrayed on The Apprentice. Not as much has been written or said about the fact that nearly two decades of watching wildly popular competition shows like Big Brother, Survivor, and The Apprentice has influenced how Americans view people who are trying to forge relationships while seeking or maintaining power, a process as central to winning at Celebrity Big Brother as it is to getting a bill passed in Congress." ALSO: Omarosa has proven to be a winner at being a reality TV loser.
Posted Friday 2/16/18 at 6:45AM EST
Donald Trump met alleged Playboy playmate mistress after taping The Apprentice at the Playboy Mansion
Ronan Farrow reports in The New Yorker that Trump met Karen McDougal, the runner-up to Pamela Anderson for "Playmate of the '90s," at a party Hugh Hefner threw for The Donald and his The Apprentice: Los Angeles contestants after they finished taping an episode at the Playboy mansion in June 2006. McDougal detailed the alleged nine-month affair in an eight-page handwritten note to a friend who gave it to Farrow. At the party, McDougal wrote, Trump “immediately took a liking to me, kept talking to me - telling me how beautiful I was, etc. It was so obvious that a Playmate Promotions exec said, ‘Wow, he was all over you - I think you could be his next wife.'" ALSO: The Apprentice: Los Angeles contestant Jenn Hoffman tweeted a picture from that Playboy party.
Posted Thursday 2/08/18 at 6:30PM EST
White House fires back at Omarosa in response to her Celebrity Big Brother comments
“Omarosa was fired three times on The Apprentice and this is the fourth time we let her go,” White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said today in response to Omarosa throwing shade at the Trump White House on the premiere of Celebrity Big Brother. “She had limited contact with the president while here," he added. "She has no contact now.”
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 10:20AM EST
First Celebrity Apprentice winner Piers Morgan lands an interview with President Trump
This spring marks the 10th anniversary of Morgan's victory on the first Celebrity Apprentice, which aired in early 2008. And Morgan will reunite with his friend Trump in Davos, Switzerland for a special called President Trump: The Piers Morgan Interview, airing Sunday on ITV. Morgan, who went from America’s Got Talent to hosting a CNN show, now works on ITV’s Good Morning Britain. “I’m Piers Morgan and I’m here in Davos, Switzerland - not to do some skiing but to do some grilling of President Donald Trump,” Morgan said in an Instagram video promoting the special. He added: “My world exclusive interview with the man that everybody wants to talk to. No fake news here, I’m getting to the truth.”
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 10:38AM EST
Stephen Colbert: “NBC has always shown great judgment with their long-term employees -- just ask Bill Cosby and Matt Lauer”
The Late Show host took a dig at the Peacock network in joking about White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders using NBC’s The Apprentice to defend President Trump against racism allegations.
Posted Tuesday 1/16/18 at 6:10PM EST
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders cites The Apprentice in arguing that President Trump isn’t a racist
If Trump realy is a racist, then “why did NBC give him a show for a decade on TV?” she said during today’s briefing. “Why did they want to be with him for years and years in various activities whether it was events, fundraisers and other things?”