While the world awaits more embarrassing, damaging footage of Republican nominee Donald Trump — reported to be taken from outtakes of “The Celebrity Apprentice” — the show’s producer is coming forward to clarify his stance on the controversial candidate.
Mark Burnett, the reality-show mastermind behind such hits as “Survivor”, “The Voice” and “The Apprentice”, is distancing himself from the show’s former star, denying that he’s “pro-Trump” after an Associated Press story quoted show staffers alleging Trump was “lewd and sexist” while filming the show, while a producer (not Burnett) tweeted that that footage from the show exists that is “far worse” than the “Access Hollywood” footage in which Trump utters the infamous line, “Grab her by the p***y.”
So, if Burnett is indeed no fan of Trump, why doesn’t he release the tapes? In a statement released to media, Burnett clarifies.
“Given all of the false media reports, I feel compelled to clarify a few points,” reads Burnett’s statement. “I am not now and have never been a supporter of Donald Trump’s candidacy. I am NOT ‘Pro-Trump.’ Further, my wife and I reject the hatred, division and misogyny that has been a very unfortunate part of his campaign.”
In addition, MGM’s longtime legal counsel, Marvin S. Putnam of Latham & Watkins, clarified in a statement of his own: “MGM, not Mark Burnett, owns ‘The Apprentice’. MGM has agreements with artists across a wide spectrum of creative properties, including ‘The Apprentice’. These agreements typically contain provisions related to confidentiality and artist’s rights. MGM has every intention of complying with its agreements with artists and honouring their rights, including with respect to ‘The Apprentice’.”
Earlier reports suggested that Burnett had threatened to sue anyone who released the incriminating tapes, but he issued a staunch denial, issuing a statement claiming that reports he “has threatened anyone with litigation if they were to leak such material are completely and unequivocally false.”