Mark Burnett Donald Trump The Apprentice

Mark Burnett Says He Can't Release Any Apprentice Footage of Trump

If Donald Trump does end up getting fired in this presidential race, Mark Burnett won’t be the one responsible.

The prolific TV producer, who created The Apprentice with Trump as host, responded Monday to requests that he release unaired footage from the NBC reality show that might paint the Republican presidential nominee in a bad light. Burnett’s response: He’s not legally able to do so.

His statement, in full:

MGM owns Mark Burnett’s production company and The Apprentice is one of its properties. Despite reports to the contrary, Mark Burnett does not have the ability nor the right to release footage or other material from The Apprentice. Various contractual and legal requirements also restrict MGM’s ability to release such material. The recent claims that Mark Burnett has threatened anyone with litigation if they were to leak such material are completely and unequivocally false. To be clear, as previously reported in the press, which Mark Burnett has confirmed, he has consistently supported Democratic campaigns.

This all stems from Friday’s bombshell release of a 2005 video, with Trump and Billy Bush making incredibly offensive remarks about women. Trump and Bush have since apologized for the language they used in the video, but rumors persist that even more incriminating footage of Trump lies in Burnett’s Apprentice archives.

Incidentally, Burnett is reviving The Apprentice in January on NBC — with Arnold Schwarzenegger stepping in for Trump as host.

Have Donald Trump’s words on that video effectively knocked him out of the running for president? Hit the comments and tell us what you think.

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. N says:

    Yeah, right..

    • Sarah says:

      What’s yeah, right? You do know Donald Trump was an executive producer of The Apprentice. If they could release the footage, he would have to approve it. I swear some of you are dumb as rocks and have zero common sense. I can’t stand Trump but what I can’t stand even more is an idiot, a proud, delusional at that.

      • N says:

        I’m not stupid. I do not believe him

      • Brock Hard says:

        FYI- leaks almost never go through the proper channels…

      • JP says:

        Uhhhh, Trump has zero control over the footage. Zero. Burnett has 100% control over the footage because it’s his production company which puts out the show. Trump was executive producer in name only.

        • SAM says:

          Not if the contracts prohibit such release. Most such contracts have confidentiality provisions that permit the release of information only under certain limited situations, e.g. being served with a subpoena.

        • popeye013 says:

          MGM have the control over it if you bothered to read the article! Its not like Mark Burnett took the footage home with him on a bag to secretly hold in some crypt for times like these!
          I agree with @Sarah! Some people are too stupid for words

      • Sarah (the nice one) says:

        No need to be mean or call people names, geez. I imagine there are all kinds of contractual issues on reality series.

    • Whatevah8 says:

      I agree N…

  2. Anyone got odds on the footage leaking by Election Day?

    • S says:

      It’ll surface just as soon as more wiki leaks of Hilary come out, so all of the major news outlets have an excuse to ignore hilary’s criminal behaviour yet again and focus on trump being a big meanie.

      • John NYC says:

        Wikileaks hasn’t shown any criminal behavior.

        Just Podrsta (whose account was stolen) doing politics plus some, (actually substantive issue alert) on free trade and the Western Hemisphere as a sort of free trade zone.

      • Riley says:

        Sexual assault is criminal… AKA grabbing people by the p***y without consent.

      • DL says:

        Wikileaks hasn’t shown anything criminal. That’s why Assange lied and got the whole alt-right to tune in to Wikileaks’ birthday celebration without releasing anything last week. He doesn’t have anything real on Clinton because it doesn’t exist — everything is an issue about “optics” or “appearances,” things that “look bad” where people are inferring and imagining and acting as if their imagination is the reality, even though there’s no actual wrongdoing.
        Oh, and Wikileaks’ last bombshell leak that Hillary explained as a reference to Spielberg’s Lincoln film? GO READ THE TRANSCRIPT. She is literally talking about that movie. What she said about it at the debate was 100% true, and Trump is the one who lied by calling it false.

      • Mary says:

        You do realize there is a difference from being a meany and a sexual predator. Trump is the second but certain minions refuse to open there eyes. Everyone knew what type of human being this man was even before this tape came out, it only confirmed it. We really don’t need more confirmation because it is obvious his cult followers won’t change their minds. Maybe you should do some research on what constitutes criminal behavior
        because clearly you do not comprehend.

  3. Ed says:

    I’m sure there are contractual requirements that would prohibit anyone from releasing it. That said, reading between the lines, it does sound like Burnett wouldn’t be opposed to a leak happening, as he “consistently supported Democratic campaigns” and said he has not threatened anyone who said they’d release footage. In this statement, he’s just actively distancing himself from such a release of footage if it were to see the light of day.

    • John NYC says:

      Even if there aren’t Trump has lawyers and isn’t afraid to use them: a “leak” has far less potential blowback.

  4. mooshki says:


  5. AngelWasHere says:

    Gawd I hope it leaks!

  6. You know, by saying that he can’t release the tapes, he is tactilely admitting that there are, in fact, tapes to be released.

  7. Walkie says:

    Now that it’s abundantly clear that there are some very inflammatory clips, you can be sure that they will be leaked.

  8. Kaye says:

    Burnett is another hypocritical so called Christian

  9. Leslie says:

    This kind of language is a) unbecoming of a gentleman b) degrading and demonstrates total disrespect of women c) shows how Donald Trump could never see women as his equal
    In the boardroom, especially, when adding his recent conduct and treatment of women. D) effectively portrays how unfit he is to be the leader of the free world, this country.

  10. Leslie k. says:

    This kind of language is a) unbecoming of a gentleman b) degrading and demonstrates total disrespect of women c) shows how Donald Trump could never see women as his equal
    In the boardroom, especially, when adding his recent conduct and treatment of women. D) effectively portrays how unfit he is to be the leader of the free world, this country.