'The Apprentice' producers reveal Donald Trump's personality while working on the reality show.
Donald Trump is the Republican Presidential nominee and has a chance at becoming the next President of the United States. So, investigative reports are digging into Donald Trump's past. Recently, Slate tracked down some former staff and crew members who worked with Trump back on The Apprentice,
and it seems as though, the details are pretty shocking.
Bill Pruitt, a producer for The Apprentice,
revealed that Trump was “always a narcissist.”
“Those of us involved in the show are proud of our work. But we might have given the guy a platform and created this candidate. It’s guys like him, narcissists with dark Machiavellian traits, who dominate in our culture, on TV, and in the political realm. It can be dangerous when we confuse stories we’re told with reality. We need to wake up—and that’s from someone who helped tell these stories.”
Other former staffers that spoke to Slate were not as open as Pruitt, choosing to stay anonymous. But their stories are just as wild. According to one producer, Trump had a thing for fat guys because he believed it would increase ratings.
“There was a fat contestant who was a buffoon and a f*ckup,” recalls the midlevel producer. “And he would f*ck up week after week, and the producers would figure that he’d screwed up so badly that Trump would have to fire him. But Trump kept deciding to fire someone else. The producers had to scramble because of course Trump can never be seen to make a bad call on the show, so we had to re-engineer the footage to make a different contestant look bad. Later, I heard a producer talk to him, and Trump said, ‘Everybody loves a fat guy. People will watch if you have a funny fat guy around. Trust me, it’s good for ratings.’ I look at Chris Christie now and I swear that’s what’s happening.”
According to reports, Trump would "talk about the female contestants’ bodies a lot from the control room."
“He would talk about the female contestants’ bodies a lot from the control room,” recalls one midlevel producer. “We shot in Trump Tower, the control room was on the seventh floor, and he walked in one day and was talking about a contestant, saying, ‘Her breasts were so much bigger at the casting. Maybe she had her period then.’ He knows he’s mic’d and that 30 people are hearing this, but he didn’t care. That’s kind of him. During the campaign, when he was talking about Megyn Kelly, I thought: ‘He’s obsessed with menstruation.’ ”
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