NBC to ‘re-evaluate’ Trump’s ‘Apprentice’ role
NEW YORK — Donald Trump added his name to the 2016 field by announcing on Tuesday that he would run for president.
But what does that mean for Trump’s NBC reality show, “Celebrity Apprentice”? According to NBCUniversal, the network is now mulling the host’s role on the telecast.
“We will re-evaluate Trump’s role as host of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ should it become necessary, as we are committed to this franchise,” NBC said in a statement on Tuesday.
In February, NBC said that it had renewed the show for its 15th season even though there were rumors that Trump would put together a campaign to run for president.
Left unsaid in NBC’s statement is that no new season of “The Apprentice” is currently scheduled to air right now, so the network doesn’t have to take any immediate action.
The network would like to tape a new season and air it sometime during the 2015-16 TV season — which starts in September — but production has not started yet. NBC is declining to say when production is supposed to begin. But it’s very possible that Trump will no longer be a presidential candidate by then.
Trump is one of the most recognizable businessmen in the country (along with one of the most scrutinized), and that fame has grown over the years thanks in large part to the reality show.
Trump is not the only Republican candidate that had to address a TV show in order to run for president.
Mike Huckabee ended his weekend Fox News broadcast in January.
“I won’t make a decision about running until late in the spring of 2015, but the continued chatter has put Fox News into a position that is not fair to them,” Huckabee wrote in a letter to supporters at the time.