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Posted Thursday 12/13/18 at 1:17PM EST
Former staffer on The Apprentice claims Donald Trump was a "speed freak" who snorted crushed-up Adderall
Noel Casler, who is now a stand-up comedian, made the allegations against Trump in his act, saying he worked for the NBC reality show for six years. Trump has repeatedly said he doesn't drink alcohol or use drugs. Casler said Trump “crushes up his Adderall and he sniffs it because he can’t read, so he gets really nervous when he has to read the cue cards.” He added: " “I’m not kidding this is true. I had a 24-page NDA non-disclosure agreement, I didn’t know that he was becoming president, now it’s no way dumbass, I’m telling you everything I know.”
Posted Wednesday 11/28/18 at 8:50PM EST
Donald Trump says he won't return to The Apprentice after his presidency, blames Arnold Schwarzenegger for killing the franchise
Source: New York Post
“No. No. Arnold put that out of business," President Trump said in a new interview with the New York Post when asked about his NBC reality show. The president was thinking about The Apprentice when explaining why he doesn't think he'll win the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in North Korea. “Well, they’ll never give it to me," he said. "We should have gotten the Emmy for The Apprentice, you know? I had the No. 1 show, The Apprentice. Arnold Schwarzenegger blew it. Big movie star. It was dead in two nights. I had it for 14 seasons.”
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 10:48PM EDT
Michael Cohen: Donald Trump wouldn't consider picking Kwame Jackson as The Apprentice's Season 1 winner because he's black
Source: Vanity Fair
Trump's former attorney says Trump repeatedly used racist language, recalling to Vanity Fair the time they spoke about The Apprentice's Season 1 results, in which Bill Rancic beat out Jackson. “Trump was explaining his back-and-forth about not picking Jackson,” said Cohen. “He said, ‘There’s no way I can let this black f-g win.’” Asked to respond, Jackson tells Vanity Fair that he had heard that Trump had made such a comment. Cohen's comments seem to bolster what Omarosa said during her book tour over the summer, when she claimed that Trump called Jackson the N-word.
Posted Thursday 10/25/18 at 1:26PM EDT
Mark Burnett will not be prosecuted in fight with Tom Arnold
The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office opted not to prosecute after Arnold filed a battery charge after his altercation last month with the reality TV producer over Donald Trump's Apprentice tapes.
Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 10:16AM EDT
Stormy Daniels: Donald Trump offered to help rig The Apprentice for me
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
In her upcoming memoir Full Disclosure, an excerpt of which was obtained by CNN, the porn star claims that Trump not only offered her a spot on The Apprentice amid their affair, but said he would try to keep her on the competition as long as possible by getting her information about the show's challenges ahead of time.
Posted Monday 9/17/18 at 7:37AM EDT
Tom Arnold accuses Mark Burnett of choking him at a pre-Emmys party
Alyson Hannigan was among those witnessed a physical altercation between Arnold and Burnett Sunday night at a fundraiser for the Motion Picture Television Fund in Century City. "Walked n2 party behind Tom Arnold and saw him & Mark Burnett get into a fight!" she tweeted. "Thought it was a joke until security jumped in! #WhyIstayhome." Variety reports "a source with knowledge of the situation said it involved shoving but it was unclear who made the first move." Arnold, whose Viceland series The Hunt For The Trump Tapes premieres Tuesday, has been publicly feuding with Burnett over unreleased Apprentice tapes of Trump allegedly making racist and sexist remarks. Arnold tweeted: "Mark Burnett just went apesh*t & choked me at this huge Emmy party then he ran away with his torn Pink shirt & missing gold chain. I’m waiting for LAPD." An hour later, Roma Downey posted a picture of her hand, tweeting: "Got this bruise tonight when Tom Arnold tried to ambush my husband Mark and me at a charity event. Is your TV show worth it Tom? Please stop." Arnold responded to Downey's tweet: "Bullsh*t. You lie your crazy husband attacked me you psycho. I’m filing police report & suing you for defamation." Arnold also tweeted there is tape of the incident. Burnett could not be reached by Variety for comment. ALSO: Arnold claims that The Apprentice tapes were handed to Ronan Farrow on Sunday.
Posted Monday 8/27/18 at 10:30PM EDT
"The Omarosa Effect": The former Apprentice villain and Trump advisor has done real harm to cultural representation of black women
"Like the archetype of the 'strong black woman' (i.e., Olivia Pope), Omarosa and her imitators position themselves as impenetrable, unbreakable, and unemotional," says Robin M. Boylorn. "Real black women are not that strong or magical or unaffected by pain. The Omarosa trope is what happens when your fear, anxiety, sadness, and vulnerability are edited out of the version of your life that everyone can see." Boylorn adds: "Omarosa taught us to see her as a caricature whose calculating ways, business savvy, and money-seeking hustle took her from the boardroom to the penthouse to the White House. She really did win the prize she’d initially sought on a television show, but she got more than she bargained for. In real life as in reality TV, it’s not so easy to turn a villain into a victim."
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.”
- Omarosa's press tour gets the Our Cartoon President treatment
- This was the week Omarosa took over late-night TV
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
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“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
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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
Source: The Daily Beast
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.