Tuesday, April 23, 2024

“Apprentice” Producer Mark Burnett Denounces Trump Campaign: “My wife and I reject the hatred, division and misogyny”

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Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have sent a statement denouncing the Donald Trump campaign. Burnett produces “The Apprentice,” and everyone is looking for hot mic tapes from that show after the “Access Hollywood” scandal.

In his statement, Burnett says: “Given all of the false media reports, I feel compelled to clarify a few points. I am not now and have never been a supporter of Donald Trump’s candidacy. I am NOT “Pro-Trump.” Further, my wife and I reject the hatred, division and misogyny that has been a very unfortunate part of his campaign.”

Indeed, Burnett has long been a donor to Democratic candidates. He gave money to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in 2007-2008 and $30,400 to the DNC in 2009.

Burnett’s PR spokespeople, FrankPR, also sent this: “In addition, MGM’s longtime counsel, Marvin S. Putnam of Latham & Watkins, responded, “MGM, not Mark Burnett, owns “The Apprentice.” MGM has agreements with artists across a wide spectrum of creative properties, including “The Apprentice.” These agreements typically contain provisions related to confidentiality and artist’s rights. MGM has every intention of complying with its agreements with artists and honoring their rights, including with respect to “The Apprentice.”

So when Trump loses the election it doesn’t seem like he’ll be returning to the show, Burnett, or NBC.

Roger Friedman
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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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