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Posted Saturday 8/18/18 at 6:39AM EDT
How reality TV shaped Omarosa's headline-grabbing press tour
"The former Apprentice contestant comes across as a younger, more vital, and more developed reality star than her former boss," says Lili Loofbourow of Omarosa's headline-generating media tour promoting her White House tell-all Unhinged. "She does not apologize. She acts in her own self-interest. And she is quite comfortable playing the villain if she needs to. At this juncture, she’s opted to play turncoat to Trump’s circle. It’s a storyline that requires her to perform a kind of prodigal daughter script to the rest of the world, an awakening to her past mistakes. She’s done this with typical skill over the past week as she’s promoted her book. Her strategy is not to present as an innocent." Loofbourow adds that Omarosa intended her story to be a "redemption narrative. It has to be. Reality-TV folks don’t build their brands on respectability—their freedom from conventional constraints like being predictable and well-liked is their power—but they can pull off One Big Pivot in their careers. Usually, it’s where they claim that, yes, they were part of the circus, but things have finally gone too far and gotten so bad that even they must shine a light on it! Only those who’ve been in the muck know what to fix."
- Trevor Noah calls Omarosa Trump's true protégé after interviewing her: "She seems to excel at the game even more than he does. She’s really learned from him. She knows how to mobilize the media. She knows how to keep a story bubbling. I mean, in a microcosm she shows you exactly what Donald Trump did to get into the White House.”
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Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 10:40PM EDT
Amid N-word controversy, Donald Trump's proposal of a "black against white" Apprentice season resurfaces
“There was a concept thrown out by some person: nine blacks against nine whites,” Trump told Howard Stern in 2005, adding: “It would be the highest rated show on television." The following year, Apprentice producer Mark Burnett divided contestants by race on Survivor.
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 5:01PM EDT
Penn Jillette: Donald Trump said "racially insensitive things" on Celebrity Apprentice
"He would say racially insensitive things that made me uncomfortable," says the magician, who competed on the 2013 edition of Celebrity Apprentice, in a wide-ranging interview with Vulture. "I don’t think he ever said anything in that room like “African-Americans are inferior” or anything about rape or grabbing women, but of those two hours every other day in a room with him, every ten minutes was fingernails on chalkboard." Jillette wouldn't go into detail, adding: "No. If Donald Trump had not become president, I would tell you all the stories. But the stakes are now high and I am an unreliable narrator. What I do, as much as anything, is I’m a storyteller. And storytellers are liars. So I can emotionally tell you things that happened racially, sexually, and that showed stupidity and lack of compassion when I was in the room with Donald Trump and I guarantee you that I will get details wrong."
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 9:39AM EDT
President Trump: Mark Burnett called to say there are no Apprentice N-word tapes
The president ranted on Twitter against Omarosa last night and into this morning, calling the thrice-fired former Apprentice contestant a "crazed, crying lowlife" and "that dog." He also tweeted that The Apprentice creator Mark Burnett "called to say that there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa. I don’t have that word in my vocabulary, and never have. She made it up. Look at her MANY recent quotes saying...." In another tweet, Trump added: "....such wonderful and powerful things about me - a true Champion of Civil Rights - until she got fired. Omarosa had Zero credibility with the Media (they didn’t want interviews) when she worked in the White House. Now that she says bad about me, they will talk to her. Fake News!" Burnett has yet to confirm if he did indeed call Trump.
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 2:35PM EDT
Omarosa tells Savannah Guthrie to "calm down" in a heated Today interview
Guthrie grilled the former Trump White House official after she revealed she secretly recorded her firing in the Situation Room. Omarosa, promoting her new tell-all book Unhinged, reacted by telling Guthrie to "slow down" and "calm down." ALSO: President Trump refers to Omarosa as "Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time."
Posted Friday 8/10/18 at 1:34PM EDT
Omarosa says she believes The Apprentice tapes of Donald Trump using the N-word exist
The former Apprentice contestant and Trump White House official says in her new book Unhinged that she never personally witnessed Trump use the N-word, but she claims to have witnessed the president using derogatory words about Asians to describe Kellyanne Conway's husband, George Conway, who is half-Filipino. Omarosa says three sources "all told me that President Trump hadn’t just dropped a single N-word bomb. He’d said it multiple times throughout the show’s taping during off-camera outtakes, particularly during the first season of The Apprentice. I was told exactly what Donald Trump said—yes, the N-word and others in a classic Trump-goes-nuclear rant—and when he’s said them. Meanwhile, the White House blasted Omarosa's claims Trump used racist words. “It’s sad that a disgruntled former White House employee is trying to profit off these false attacks, and even worse that the media would now give her a platform, after not taking her seriously when she had only positive things to say about the President during her time in the administration," said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. ALSO: Omarosa says she was offered a $15,000-a-month hush money contract from President Trump’s campaign to keep quiet.
Posted Wednesday 8/08/18 at 3:28PM EDT
Report: Omarosa secretly recorded President Trump
The Daily Beast reports that Trump's former Apprentice contestant secretly taped him when she worked in the White House and played them for people while shopping her forthcoming book Unhinged. One person described the recorded conversations between Trump and Omarosa as "anodyne, everyday chatter, but said they did appear to feature Trump’s voice, either over the phone or in-person." As The Daily Beast notes, "the mere existence of such recordings represent a dramatic betrayal of trust by a one-time Trump confidant who has since abandoned years of professed loyalty to the president and has apparently decided to profit off her years of closeness to Trump." ALSO: Meet the Press lands an "exclusive" interview with Omarosa.
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 4:22AM EDT
West Hollywood symbolically votes to urge the removal of Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star -- which he earned for Miss Universe pageant
The West Hollywood City Council doesn't have the power to remove the president's star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame because the star is not located in the city of West Hollywood -- it's located in the Hollywood district in the city of Los Angeles, in front of the Dolby Theatre where the Oscars are held. Nevertheless, the council made headlines on Monday by voting to call on Los Angeles and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which actually controls the Walk of Fame, to remove Trump's star. However, the Walk of Fame has a longstanding policy to never remove a celebrity's star for any reason. "Once a star has been added to the Walk, it is considered a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Because of this, we have never removed a star from the Walk," the Chamber of Commerce's CEO said in 2015 when asked about removing Bill Cosby's star. Trump was presented with a Walk of Fame star in January 2007 timed with the premiere of The Apprentice: Los Angeles. Trump's star has been destroyed twice in the past two years, including last month by a man wielding a pickaxe. Trump's wasn't given a star for The Apprentice, however. He was honored for his work as producer of the Miss Universe pageant. The Walk of Fame bans reality TV stars, but like Trump, others (including Ryan Seacrest) have stars for their non-reality work.
Posted Thursday 7/19/18 at 6:20PM EDT
President Trump recalls The Apprentice at White House event to expand job training
Source: New York Magazine
Trump was speaking to a crowd at the White House for an event called Pledge to America's Workers when he came across prepared text that included the word "apprenticeships." “That’s an interesting word for me to be saying, right? The Apprentice," said the president. "I never actually put that together until just now.... that was a good experience, I'll tell you that," He went on to say to his daughter (and Apprentice co-star) Ivanka, "Isn't that strange? I never associated... but here we are."
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
Source: The New York Times
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
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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"
Source: The Atlantic
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."