View Full Version : Trump to NBC: You can't fire me, I quit

May 21st, 2007, 10:40 PM
POSTED: 8:57 a.m. EDT, May 21, 2007
Story Highlights
"The Apprentice" left off NBC's fall schedule
Donald Trump decides to leave the show
Trump to move on to undisclosed project
"Apprentice" ratings have declined

LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Donald Trump, whose low-rated reality show "The Apprentice" was left off the new prime-time schedule unveiled this week by NBC, says the network can't fire him -- he quits.

The real estate mogul issued a statement Friday saying he has informed the U.S. television network he is "moving on from 'The Apprentice' to a major new TV venture," though he declined to elaborate.

There was no immediate comment from NBC.

But his announcement appeared to end any lingering doubt that "The Apprentice," which turned the self-styled tycoon into a television star and popularized the catch phrase, "You're fired," would be banished from NBC's airwaves next season.

The corporate-themed reality show, which aired in dozens of countries around the world, featured young, aggressive entrepreneurs in a weekly game of elimination as they competed for a real-life job in Trump's business empire.

"The Apprentice" debuted as a hit in 2004, averaging nearly 21 million viewers and ranking as the top-rated new U.S. TV show its first season. But the series dropped steadily in the ratings in successive years, losing nearly two-thirds of its original audience by the time it wrapped up its sixth installment last month.

The show's future was cast into further doubt on Monday when the network announced a 2007-08 programming lineup that made no mention of Trump. But NBC executives refused then to absolutely rule out a reprieve once rival networks ABC, CBS and Fox had laid out their schedules for next season.

The statement from Trump's organization seemed to spell a definitive end to the series.

"It looks like viewers will have to wait to see what Mr. Trump plans for the future," the statement said. "But if Mr. Trump's past TV success is any indication of the future, then one can anticipate that millions of 'Apprentice' fans will be migrating to his new venture."

Trump and NBC still remain in the beauty pageant business together. The two announced in March a renewed deal to keep annual broadcasts of the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, which Trump co-owns, on the General Electric Co.-controlled network through 2010.

May 21st, 2007, 10:42 PM
aww no more apprentice

Helen Lawson
May 21st, 2007, 10:49 PM
The first season was ok, but now it just sucks.

May 21st, 2007, 11:13 PM
As long as they air Miss Universe. :hearts:

May 21st, 2007, 11:15 PM
No more apprentice:sad:

But theres supposed to be at least 2 more UK ones.

Looking forward to the new US series though.

May 21st, 2007, 11:20 PM
i watched the first two seasons, then the concept got old.

no one watched anyway. :lol:

May 21st, 2007, 11:22 PM
THE APPRENTICE was NOT on NBCs fall schedule...it was CANCELLED :p Nice try Tump:help:

May 21st, 2007, 11:22 PM
The whole family thing was a bad idea. Camping = 0 credibility.

I miss Caroline, she was a bitchy vice-president:devil:

Rod the Bama
May 22nd, 2007, 12:32 AM
I`m not surprised by this. The show was got old after the first couple of seasons.

May 22nd, 2007, 01:56 AM
Never watched the show.....always found it boring.....well except when he said....."You're FIRED!!!!"

May 22nd, 2007, 02:49 AM
I have two problem with this show:

1. The contestants are always from the top 10% of the population on the category of physical appearance - especially for the women candidates - so that means a WHOLE LOT of better potential apprentices were passed up. If Trump is truly looking for the BEST apprentice, then the initial selection would be from a natural cross-section of the qualified candidates. From the beginning (even before the beginning) of any season, our belief in the concept is ruined by this.

2. Trump's decisions are so often debatable and hard for the audience to understand. If this were Survivor, it wouldn't matter because the surprise is what the audience expects. But in The Apprentice, the audience expects decisions that we can understand.
Trump can
- be capricious - just dismissing people for offbeat reasons
- expect things without making those expectations clear upfront, then fire based on that expectation
- put a lot of emphasis in a tangent of the task, that we in the audience don't see as so important
And often he has to dismiss sombody on the losing team when that team only lost by a tiny margin, which often seems wrong.

RatedR Superstar
May 22nd, 2007, 04:48 AM
Never watched the show.....always found it boring.....well except when he said..... "You're FIRED!!!!"

..a catch phrase that trump stole from WWE owner Vince Mcmahon :lol:
and vince does it much better than him

May 22nd, 2007, 01:33 PM
well, with the ratings it got this season and he coming out and saying The Apprentice is the best show on teleevision, doesn't really deserve another season.

this season was a bit crappy anyway, the whole camping thing just was kind of annoying.

May 22nd, 2007, 02:15 PM
I`m not surprised by this. The show was got old after the first couple of seasons.


May 22nd, 2007, 04:57 PM
The first season was great, although Troy or Amy should have won.

The second season was ok, but Trump just got more and more random with his boardroom decisions. He eventually came nearly indistinguishable from the FOX satirical version of himself presented on "My Big Fat Obonoxious Boss".

The other thing is that as the tasks became sponsored by other corporations, they became more predictable and boring.

May 22nd, 2007, 04:58 PM
Didn't Donald inherit most of his money?

May 24th, 2007, 09:40 PM
He had a good run.
His time is up.
The act grows old.
The hair gets on your nerves.
Three Trumps pouting on tv was 2 too many.

Donald, you were fired. Sorry. You can say
you quit after the fact...but, they were being
nice to leave you off the schedule. Polite.

Now, write another book, bash someone else, and
get some headlines. Divorce your young wife, marry
another one, pop out another kid. Whatever.....

NBC didn't need his act any longer.