As reported by The Guardian, in the aftermath of the lewd in content footage released by The Washington Post last weekend, producer of The Apprentice (NBC), Bill Pruitt, tweeted that there was “far worse“ footage from off camera filming of the reality show.
— Bill Pruitt (@billpruitt) October 8, 2016
The creator of The Apprentice, Mark Burnett has since released a statement to Variety with MGM:
“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.”
The Associated Press interviewed at least 20 persons who worked on the set of The Apprentice, either as a contestant or part of crew and production, and what was described as “crass” behaviour was noted.
One crew member, who chose to remain un-identified (signed a non-disclosure agreement) is quoted to have stated of Mr Trump:
“We were in the boardroom one time figuring out who to blame for the task, and he just stopped in the middle and pointed to someone and said, ‘You’d f… her, wouldn’t you? I’d f… her. C’mon, wouldn’t you?'”
The group UltraViolet Action has begun a petition to implore MGM and NBC to release this alleged footage of Mr Trump, in the premise of to “expose and fight sexism” that they “stop protecting Donald Trump”. The petition has collected up to 115,000 signatures as of Tuesday night.
The Huffington Post has gained access to a transcript from the reality show, The Apprentice, in which Mr Trump is objectifying a contestant by speaking of their appearance. In reference to contestant Emily West (Country music artist) in 2010:
“I assume you’re gonna leave this off, don’t put this shit on the show, you know. But her skin, her skin sucks, okay? ..I mean her skin, she needs some serious fuckin’ dermatology. Fuck, That’s Emily, that’s what I’m hearing about? Let me see the other one. I assume you’re not putting this on the show. ‘Cause I don’t wanna destroy the kid’s career. Personally, I am, as you probably heard, not a gay man, but I think he’s better looking that [sic] Emily okay? You’re obviously not a skin man, which is okay. I wish I wasn’t.”
Donald Trump was fired from The Apprentice and replaced by former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2015, after making racist comments about Mexicans. The Republican, Mr Schwarzenegger, has withdrawn support for the Republican candidate.
As proud as I am to label myself a Republican, there is one label that I hold above all else – American. My full statement: pic.twitter.com/biRvY8S3aZ
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) October 8, 2016