NBC to Trump: Run For Prez and You're Fired!

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If Donald Trump ends up running for president, NBC will replace him at the helm of The Apprentice.

“If he decides to run for president and is unavailable to do the show, we will bring the show back and there will be somebody else sitting at the head of the boardroom table,” confirmed NBC president Bob Greenblatt in a conference call with reporters following the release of the network’s new fall schedule. “Who that is, we’re not going to really entertain, because I’m still hoping well have Donald back in the seat.

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“The show will go on in his absence,” Greenblatt added. “If we had to address the issue of who it would be replacing him, we’d have to be confident we have another galvanizing presence. I’m hopeful we don’t have to go there, but if we do, it’s too strong a franchise to not consider that.”

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Comments (20)

  • See now I’m in a pickle. I want him to run for president so he’ll be off the apprentice. But then he’ll be all over the place with the election. Too many decisions.

    Comment by Rob – May 15, 2011 11:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He doesn’t have a chance o winning the GOP nomination so why bother?? Just stick to what he is good at and staying on The Apprentice firing celebs.

      Comment by Jasin – May 15, 2011 11:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • After watching Shark tank I would want Mark Cuban to take his place.

    Comment by Dj – May 15, 2011 11:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Nice pick with Cuban (and he’s already in Burnett’s Rolodex).

      Comment by Micah – May 15, 2011 02:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bring Lord Sugar over and make it like the British version and I’m a happy camper.

    Comment by JP – May 15, 2011 12:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Replace the Donald with his daughter, Ivanka. She’s tough, like her Dad!

    Comment by Suncatcher – May 15, 2011 12:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You know you suck when an entire corporation doesn’t want you to run for President. Eh.

    Comment by Kira – May 15, 2011 01:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ve already stopped watching because I dislike Donald so much. I was willing to ignore alot from him, but this recent stuff about Obama and all of the Donald’s ridiculous politics have made it too difficult to overlook.

    And I’ve been with the show from the beginning. I’ll miss it and Nene, Meat and Marley may yet bring me back to this season,…..but I doubt it.

    They need to replace him stat. With someone who isn’t racist or rampantly sexist (or at least keeps those opinions quiet).

    Comment by vee – May 15, 2011 01:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This clown shoe will never run for President. Though every Dem in the Nation wishes he would. What a blithering fool.

    Comment by Ma'at – May 15, 2011 01:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Have Sarah Palin replace Trump…then she can get even with all those “Hollywood Elites” she seems to get so ridiculously riled up about…

    Comment by Buffy Freak – May 15, 2011 01:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They can replace the Donald with Vince Mcmahon.

    Comment by kainmichaels – May 15, 2011 03:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’d keep your day job, Donald, you haven’t a prayer as President of the United States. It sounds funny just typing “Donald as president”!

    Comment by victory – May 15, 2011 03:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well, that clinches it. The Donald doesn’t want anyone but him, and his massive ego, sitting in that chair (Apprentice, not the WH). Expect the announcement in the next month or so.

    Comment by Bob – May 16, 2011 04:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Geez, I wasn’t expecting the announcement in one day.

      Comment by Bob – May 16, 2011 10:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • lol, too funny dude. Seriously. Trump, Born in America, Hair made in China, Spray on Tan courtesy of Hawaiian Tropic.


    Comment by FogFoo – May 16, 2011 06:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hey, NBC — Fire him anyway! He’s a freaking racist!

    Comment by Rob J. – May 16, 2011 06:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Please fire him now. Get that lying blowhard off our televisions. He’s not a billionaire, nor is he a business genius. He’s a spoiled rich guy who inherited everything.

    Comment by maggie – May 16, 2011 09:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Replace him with Charlie Sheen.

    Comment by alex – May 16, 2011 01:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Haha yea Charlie Sheen for president!

    Comment by Dollabillz49 – May 16, 2011 03:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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