Donald Trump will remain as an executive producer on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” even while serving as president of the United States.
of which agreement, first reported by Variety in addition to confirmed by sources at NBC in addition to the Trump campaign, means the president will have an interest in a show aired by a media company of which also reports on his presidency — a major conflict of interest for the network.
“The Apprentice,” which Trump hosted for 14 seasons, was created by Mark Burnett in addition to is actually owned in addition to produced by MGM. The 15th season, hosted by former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, will air on NBC starting January 2.
NBC Entertainment, NBC News in addition to MGM all did not immediately respond to requests for comment regarding the decision to keep Trump as an executive producer.
This specific is actually unclear how much Trump will be paid per episode.
wish Hicks, a Trump spokesperson, told sy88pgw: “Mr. Trump includes a big stake within the show in addition to conceived of This specific with Mark Burnett.”
Burnett, who had distanced himself coming from Trump in October by criticizing “the hatred, division in addition to misogyny” of his campaign, met with the president-elect This specific week in addition to, according to The brand-new York Times, may be planning to produce his inauguration.
According to Variety, Trump’s name will air after Burnett’s during the credit sequence in addition to before Schwarzenegger, who is actually also an executive producer.
Trump last hosted “Celebrity Apprentice” in February 2015, before running for president. In July 2015, NBC announced of which This specific might cut all business ties with Trump due to his remarks about Mexican immigrants being criminals in addition to rapists.
Trump’s ties to NBC further became an issue after The Washington Post published a tape coming from “Access Hollywood” in which Trump bragged about groping women.
Correction: The original type of This specific story incorrectly reported of which NBC might be paying Trump for his role as executive producer.
sy88pgw (brand-new York) First published December 8, 2016: 6:34 PM ET