April 29, 2010
Posted: 10:57 AM ET
March 18, 2010
Posted: 11:19 AM ET
NBC announced today that it’s re-teaming with Donald Trump to launch a new version of its old reality show The Apprentice. The show plans to recruit 14 new candidates of various ages who have “been hit hard by the current economic downturn,” NBC said — like job seekers who are unemployed or recent college graduates with no prospects. Nationwide casting calls will begin soon for the reboot, which is expected to bow this fall.
“The Apprentice is a proven brand, and we believe its return is more relevant than ever since it will provide new hope for many Americans struggling in this difficult job market,” said Paul Telegdy, NBC’s head of alternative programming, in a statement. “Donald is going to be even more involved as he offers fantastic opportunities for the American worker, while the search for a quality job will resonate with contemporary viewers.” Trump released this statement: “I am very excited to return to the original premise of The Apprentice. We’ve got to do something about the economy and this is a terrific way to provide jobs as well as business lessons along the way. NBC, Mark Burnett and I hope this economic downturn can begin a turnaround, and we’ll do our best with The Apprentice to see that it starts happening. I’m proud to be putting people back to work, and to positively changing the psychology of America.”
The original version of The Apprentice premiered in January 2004 and later spawned The Celebrity Apprentice. The latest edition of which returned to the lineup last Sunday and attracted a respectable 8.3 million viewers.
December 15, 2009
Posted: 12:06 PM ET
November 19, 2009
Posted: 01:51 PM ET
Prejean - a Christian who was vilified because she opposes gay marriage - has lost all credibility and her reputation has been blown to shreds, Trump told one source.
"Maybe," Mr. Trump said only half-jokingly, "she should become a major porn star, make millions of dollars, and give it to worthy causes."
June 15, 2009
Posted: 07:52 AM ET
Tami Farrell, who became Miss California USA last week when Donald Trump dumped Carrie Prejean, promises to avoid controversy during the five months of her reign.
"I'm trying my best to kind of calm the waters," Farrell said in an interview Sunday at the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl.
Prejean's same-sex marriage comments, semi-nude photos and personal feud with state pageant officials contributed to a storm of controversy that brought unusual attention to the title Farrell now carries.
"I think that everything in life happens for a reason, and I'm just blessed to have this opportunity," Farrell said.
Farrell, 24, said, "it's been a crazy few days" since Wednesday, when she got the call that Prejean had been ousted.
"I keep stepping into controversy, but hopefully I can avoid it for a while," she said.
She hopes the extra attention will help launch her show business career.
May 12, 2009
Posted: 11:56 AM ET
Donald Trump will let Miss California USA Carrie Prejean keep her title despite controversy over semi-nude photos and charges by state pageant officials that she had abandoned her duties to devote time to opposition to same-sex marriage.
"We're in the 21st century," Trump said, explaining Prejean is a model.
And we want to hear from you: Did Donald Trump make the right decision?
Posted: 09:05 AM ET
The Miss California USA controversy is playing out like one of Donald Trump's highly rated reality shows, with viewers waiting to hear whether he'll utter his famous phrase, "You're fired!"
While California pageant officials appointed Carrie Prejean's runner-up to temporarily take over her public duties, Trump, who owns the Miss Universe pageant, is set to announce Tuesday the final decision on whether Prejean will lose her crown for breaching her pageant contract.
The state organization's officials - who appear eager to say farewell to Prejean - have sent their recommendation to Trump for his consideration, Miss California USA Co-executive Director Keith Lewis said.
With or without a beauty queen title, Prejean said Monday, the controversy "has given me such a bigger platform" to talk about her beliefs.
The controversy began when Prejean, 21, declared her opposition to same-sex marriage in a response to a question during the national pageant stage last month. She finished as runner-up to Miss USA.
April 16, 2009
Posted: 12:08 PM ET
Donald Trump visited "Larry King Live" on Wednesday night to tout his new book, "Think Like a Champion." In a wide-ranging interview, Trump shared his thoughts on how to prosper in this economy, Bernie Madoff, how President Obama is doing, taxes and his daughter's love life.
King: Why [is it a] good time for an entrepreneur and not necessarily for others?
Trump: Well, this is a time for smart people. This is a time for entrepreneurial people. This is a great time for people like me - and maybe people like you, Larry, because I know you're a great investor. ...
Weren't you involved with [Bernie] Madoff?
King: A little bit, yes. You weren't, huh? How did you resist him?
Trump: Honestly, I got lucky. He might have duped me like he did a lot of other people. He is a disaster. But now he's where he belongs.
King: With troubled times like this for the average guy, is this the time to think like a champion?
Trump: This is the best time to think like a champion. As an example, the house is being foreclosed. You go see your bank - maybe you can make a deal, maybe you can't. But you can make a deal with a bank on another house, and much better than the one you're living in. ... They'll do any deal to get rid of their product.
They have houses by the thousands. And you go see that bank and you make a deal.
April 15, 2009
Posted: 12:34 PM ET
We promise to avoid all references in this posting to Trump's trademark slogan from "The Apprentice." See, we're not even saying it.
The always entertaining Donald Trump joins Larry tonight to talk economy, Pres. Obama, and Celebrity Apprentice. Who's the next to go (see, we didn't say it)?
Plus, how's Donald taking care of his billions in this economy, and what's his advice for you?
Have a question for Donald? CLICK HERE and tune-in tonight. We may use it on the air!
Plus, go inside Candy Spelling's $150 million mega mansion with tour guide & comedian Chelsea Handler!
And, have you heard?! It’s Larry & CNN vs. Ashton Kutcher in the race
March 18, 2009
Posted: 07:44 AM ET
Donald Trump, chairman and president of The Trump Organization and the executive producer of NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice," spoke with LKL last night about the public's furor with AIG, the Bernie Madoff saga and the nation's economic woes.
Here's a portion of the interview:
Larry King: We have public anger over the AIG bonuses. Is it justified?
Donald Trump: Well, it's unbelievable anger. I heard people saying things that you wouldn't even believe - a very major senator saying that the people that did this should commit suicide. That's a pretty strong statement, I would say.
It is very bad politics in terms of what AIG did. They took $165 billion in money from the government and now they're going around giving out bonuses and giving people bonuses that really, in many cases, did not do a very good job and, in many cases, took the bonus and left right after the bonus. The bonuses were supposed to hold these people together and hold them into the company.
I think it's a very, very foolish thing that they did, and certainly should have used a different name if they had to do something.
King: We - the collective we - we the people, own 80 percent of AIG. Should we allow it to fail?
Trump: Well, Larry, now that you're in for $160 billion, it's a lot harder to walk away. I think AIG has the politicians right where they want them. Frankly, I think letting Lehman fail was far worse than letting AIG fail.
Go Behind The Scenes
LARRY KING LIVE'S Emmy-winning Senior Executive Producer Wendy Walker knows what it takes to make a great story.
With anecdotes, provocative emails, scandals, show transcripts and insights into Walker's long working relationship with Larry King, her new book PRODUCER issues readers an invitation to listen in on the most intriguing conversations on the planet.