Contributed by Jill Cueni-Cohen
“One of the greatest relationships of my life,” said the producer of the hit show ‘Survivor’ at this week’s National Prayer Breakfast, when speaking of President Trump’s impact on his life.
While most news outlets focused on President Trump’s feud with Arnold Schwarzenegger, who currently hosts ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ they failed to say anything about Mark Burnett’s comments at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, regarding his initial contact with the man who would eventually become POTUS.
A fan of President Trump’s book, The Art of the Deal, Burnett recalled how he had been selling t-shirts on Venice Beach in the late 1980s and thinking about how to get started in America when he first came across the book. He said, “That book really inspired me, it got me going and thinking America IS the kind of place you can … start a business.”
The Australian-born producer then went on to launch his first hit show, ‘Survivor.’
When he eventually met the future President, which Burnett said was a dream-come-true, he pitched the idea for ‘The Apprentice.’ According to Burnett, the real estate mogul’s reaction to the idea was immediately positive. “A show that could inspire young Americans to get into business; to really see how business works,” Burnett recalled Trump saying. “I love it!”
Since then, the two have forged a close business and personal relationship, which Burnett called “one of the greatest relationships of my life.”
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