Could we see Donald Trump in a new reality show post-presidency? Sources say Mark Burnett and Trump might eventually bring The Apprentice back. Except this time, it would be the White House rendition.
According to the Daily Beast, Trump and Burnett have been in talks to collaborate on a new reality TV show for quite some time. Despite a brief rocky moment in their friendship during the 2016 campaign, after the release of the 2005 Access Hollywood tape, the two have remained close. Reports say the two have pitched ideas with each other and discussed potential television projects once his presidential term has ended.
One of the titles is tentatively titled The Apprentice: White House, and the goal would be to produce the show shortly after Trump leaves office.
“The TV program would be explicitly politics-themed and take full advantage of Trump’s status as a former president of the United States and a newfound Republican kingmaker,” the Daily Beast stated in their coverage.
This collaboration, though slightly far-fetched sounding, doesn’t appear to be beyond the scope of the Trump-Burnett team based on their history together. Burnett, a British television producer, first came to fame after producing the original Survivor in 2000. He later created The Apprentice in 2004, a reality show focused on Trump interviewing prospective business entrepreneurs. In 2008, Burnett and Trump worked together on The Celebrity Apprentice where Trump remained until 2015 when he left to run for office.
Burnett’s spokesman denied these statements on all accounts, stating there have been no talks of creating any sort of TV show, reality or otherwise. Other sources, however, claim Burnett’s character speaks in favor of a reality show post-presidency collaboration.
In the time after the release of the Hollywood Access tapes, Burnett’s devotion to his faith seems to be the reason he publicly denounced his friendship with Trump, but this was only a temporary hiccup in their connection. Shortly after, a source claims Burnett got over their differences because he’s a man who values money more than image. Allegedly, Burnett often boasts of his connection to the president, and how this makes Burnett one of the most powerful men in Hollywood.
Without concrete proof, the news of a Trump reality TV show centered around the White House could simply be speculation. With the presidential election in less than a year—fall of 2020—we’ll have to wait and see if there’s any kernel of truth in the reports we’re now hearing.
For now, Burnett has continued working in Hollywood, serving as president of MGM Worldwide Television Group, so we’re sure to see more from him. The Apprentice has gone the way of cancellation—after a brief stint with Arnold Schwarzenegger titled The New Celebrity Apprentice. But it sounds as though we might be seeing The Apprentice get re-elected.