The things that come up in pitch meetings.
Donald Trump once suggested a racially divided season of “The Apprentice” featuring one team of black people and one team of white people.
“There was a concept thrown out by some person: nine blacks against nine whites,” Trump said in a 2005 interview with Howard Stern, per CNN. “And it would be nine blacks against nine whites, all highly educated, very smart, strong, beautiful people, right?”
Trump asked Stern, “Do you like it?” The radio host approved, but sidekick Robin Quivers told Trump people were “going to have a riot” if the idea came to fruition. The now-U.S. president argued at the time, “It would be the highest-rated show on television.”
When asked if a black-versus-white season of “The Apprentice” would “set off a racial war in this country,” Trump believed it would go off without a hitch.
“I don’t think… see, actually, I don’t think it would,” he said. “I think that it would be handled very beautifully by me.”
The resurfaced interview follows rumours that audio exists from his ‘Apprentice’ days in which Trump says the N-word.