Former “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant Clay Aiken said that Trump isn’t exactly the leading businessman he is portrayed as on TV, but that doesn’t mean he’s a bad guy.
“I’m not saying this to be incendiary,” said Aiken, who appeared on Trump’s show in 2012, “but Donald Trump isn’t the businessman that people believe he is because we saw him on TV playing the ‘Apprentice.’ But on ‘The Apprentice’ he doesn’t lead.”
Aiken appeared on Domecast, a podcast from North Carolina’s News & Observer newspaper, to discuss politics, as he recently made a bid for the North Carolina House of Representative in 2014, and said Trump was never the one who decided who got ‘fired’ on the show.
“Trump didn’t decide who got fired on ‘Apprentice,’ I mean, NBC made those decisions,” Aiken said. “There used to be a little thing right on his desk that looked like a phone — he pretended it was a phone — but it was actually a teleprompter where the producers were sending him notes. He didn’t know that people were getting in fights during the week while we were doing these tasks, the producers did. And they’d send him notes and he’d say, ‘Oh you two didn’t get along.’”
This seems to be standard procedure for Trump, actually checking in on the contestants is well below his pay grade. All Trump needed to do was deliver the legendary line: “You’re fired.”
“It was very much, ‘I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV,’” said Aiken.
Aiken is a far left Democrat who ran for Congress but lost. Aiken’s recording career didn’t go far after his time on American Idol, and he is now trying to break into political commentary. Slamming Trump for his performance on The Apprentice is one way of trying to make a new for himself. Odds are it won’t work.
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