Don’t expect NBC to be sending flowers and a “let’s get back together” card to Donald Trump anytime soon. The Los Angeles Times reports that NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, speaking today at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, made it clear the network is prepared to get on with life after Trump.
“The network announced that ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ the star-studded offshoot of the long-running competition franchise, was being put on hiatus this season as the network searches for a new host,” the Times notes, adding: “NBC cut business ties with Trump, who served as brusque host and an executive producer of the reality series, back in June after his controversial comments about Mexican immigrants during a speech announcing his presidential candidacy.”
At today’s presentation, Greenblatt told reporters: “Due to circumstances that everyone here is aware of regarding our host — I should say former host, we will not be producing a new edition of the show this season, but it will be back for the 2016-17 season with a new host.”
Pressed for more details about where things stand between NBC and Trump, Greenblatt said: “I don’t think somebody who is running for president and might possibly be the next leader of the free world could be banned from any activities at NBC, but we’ll have to see how this plays out. For now, we’re sort of separated.”
However, on the subject of any possible future return of Trump to the “Apprentice” franchise, Greenblatt declared: “Absolutely not.”