Sunday, May 26, 2024

Where in the World is Bill Rancic? Donald Trump’s First “Apprentice” Winner Stays Mum on Candidate


We’ve heard from pretty much everyone connected to Donald Trump. For example: Tony Schwartz, who wrote Trump’s best seller, The Art of the Deal, can’t stand him and fears his presidency. Another employee, Meredith McIver, thought so much of him that she plagiarized a Michelle Obama speech for Melania Trump.

A couple of former players from “The Apprentice” came out defiantly against Trump last spring. One of them said Trump was “a danger to this country.”

But where in the world is Bill Rancic? The first winner of “The Apprentice” and the most high profile (thanks to marrying “E” Entertainment host Giuliana De Pandi), Rancic went to to work for Trump for two years after winning the competition. But after that Rancic went off on his own and has been a successful motivational speaker and entrepreneur.

TV star good looking, and accomplished, Rancic would be the perfect witness for Trump on the stump. But his name hasn’t been mentioned at all, and he was MIA during the Republican convention. He certainly would have been more effective than Scott Baio.

Rancic and his family left Hollywood this year and moved back to his hometown of Chicago. He seems to have an interest in a restaurant. Otherwise, the trail goes cold. I spoke to his sister last week– she functions as his publicist– and she told me to send her an email. I’ve done that twice. Rancic has not responded to any queries.

Trump’s education stance could be a problem for Rancic. His late father such a beloved educator that a building was named for him in his memory. Immigration could be an issue, too. The Rancics are Croatian. Giuliana is Italian, as in from Italy. Maybe they’re worried that a president Trump would deport them if they said the wrong thing.

Anyway, Bill Rancic, we’re all ears. Give us a shout at We’d love to hear your opinions about what’s happened so far.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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