NBC responded to Donald Trump’s announcement that he is mounting a bid for the presidency with a statement indicating that the network intends to “re-evaluate” Trump’s position as host of “Celebrity Apprentice,” The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.
In the statement, the network said: “We will re-evaluate Trump’s role as host of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ should it become necessary, as we are committed to this franchise.”
THR notes: “Because the network is required to give equal screen time to all presidential candidates, there are currently no plans for Trump to appear on camera on the new season, which has yet to start production. Plans for a start date rely on Trump’s status as a presidential candidate. The reality competition was picked up for an eighth season in February.”
Trump made the formal announcement of his bid for president Tuesday morning.
“In addition to his role on ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ Trump’s weekly segment on ‘Fox & Friends’ is now over effective immediately,” THR adds. “However, his relationship with Fox News continues. Trump gave his first interview following his announcement to Bill O’Reilly.”
The report notes that Trump contemplated a bid for the White House in 2011, but ultimately decided against it. Trump has hosted all seven seasons of “Celebrity Apprentice” along with seven seasons of “The Apprentice.”