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Donald Trump wants spinoff of ‘The Apprentice’ focused on politics

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Donald
Trump and Ivanka Trump during “The Apprentice” Season 6 Finale at
The Hollywood Bowl.

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  • Donald Trump has had conversations with television producer
    Mark Burnett about creating a politics-themed version of “The
    Apprentice,” according to
    The Daily Beast
    .
  • The outlet cited multiple sources who said Trump was
    nostalgic for his past reality television ventures and had talked
    about making the spinoff once he leaves office.
  • The president and the longtime producer have a longstanding
    relationship, but Trump
    denied the claims
    on Twitter early Saturday morning.
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Donald Trump had a tough choice to make back in 2015: To pursue a
presidential run, he needed to surrender his starring role in the
popular reality television show, “The Apprentice.”

The decision to step down as the show’s host left him “visibly
upset,” Sam Nunberg, a former political adviser to Trump, told
The Daily Beast. But the goodbye might have only been temporary.

On Thursday, the outlet reported that now-president Trump

has talked with ‘The Apprentice’ creator Mark Burnett
about
creating an ‘Apprentice’ spinoff show once he leaves the White
House, citing “three people with knowledge of the situation and
another source close to Trump.”

But the president denied
the claims
early Saturday morning.

“This is not true, never had such a conversation, don’t even have
time to think about it,” Trump tweeted. “False reporting!”

Trump has reportedly had multiple calls with Burnett

The Daily Beast sources said that Trump has had occasional phone
calls with Burnett since taking office in 2017. During those
calls, he has reportedly discussed ideas for new television
projects, including one for a politics-themed version of “The
Apprentice.”

“There have been several discussions between Burnett and Trump
about ‘The Apprentice: White House,'” an unnamed source with
knowledge of the situation
told The Daily Beast
. “It is something Burnett thinks could
be a money-spinner and Trump is very keen on doing.” Another
source confirmed these conversations, but added that “the
discussion did not go far.”


Burnett Trump
Donald
Trump and TV producer Mark Burnett (left) in April
2003.

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Christensen/WireImage


Though Trump flatly denied talks about the show, he referenced
talking with Burnett last year at a rally in Ohio.

“I got a call from Mark Burnett,” Trump told the crowd. “He’s a
great guy. He said, ‘Donald, I called just to say hello and to
tell you, did you see
Roseanne
‘s ratings?'”

Trump and Burnett have a longstanding personal relationship as
well as a professional one. Burnett’s son, Cameron, was the
ring-bearer at Trump’s wedding to now-First Lady Melania Trump.

When news surfaced in late 2016 that Trump had reportedly made
offensive and racist comments about contestants on “The
Apprentice,”
Burnett declined to release the un-aired footage
that may
have corroborated these claims. But he also issued a
statement saying that he did not support
Trump’s candidacy
for president and rejected the “hatred, division and misogyny
that has been a very unfortunate part of his campaign.”

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