NBC is putting a pin in Celebrity Apprentice.
On the heels of the network’s decision to fire Donald Trump as host, Peacock president Robert Greenblatt announced Thursday that the reality franchise would be sitting out the coming season. “But it will be back for the 2016-17 season with a new host,” the exec told reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, adding that some of the new host rumors making the rounds “are simply not true.”
As for Trump’s future status as host of the competition series, Greenblatt flatly said the polarizing politico would “absolutely not” ever reclaim his chair.
That said, Greenblatt didn’t rule out a non-Apprentice NBC-Trump collaboration at some point in the future, especially given his current bid for the White House. “I don’t think somebody who is running for president, and might possibly be the next leader of the free world, would be completely banned from any activities at NBC,” he conceded. “But we’ll have to see how this plays out. I honestly don’t know. At the moment, we’re sort of separated.”
NBC parted ways with Trump in late June in the wake of comments he made about illegal immigrants from Mexico. “At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values,” the network said in a statement at the time. “Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump.”