Former contestants on NBC’s “The Apprentice,” where Donald Trump presided over the reality competition for years, have begun coming forward with insights into Trump’s behavior behind the scenes in the wake of the revelations contained in the “Access Hollywood” tape that surfaced late last week.
The Hollywood Reporter interviewed a number of “Apprentice” alums, and also talked with people who worked with Trump on the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.
“Based on the interviews, a picture emerges of Trump as a dominating presence who routinely made sexist comments. At times, he even exhibited racist behavior, these people say,” THR reports.
The report quotes season four “Apprentice” contestant Marshawn Evans saying: “I did hear what would be in a workplace considered sexist language or inappropriate language, but that was pretty normal, actually, and almost expected.”
A number of those contacted could not go on the record because of non-disclosure clauses in their contracts, the report notes.
Bill Pruitt, who was a producer on the show during its first two seasons, sent out a tweet Saturday saying: “I assure you: when it comes to the #trumptapes there are far worse. #justthebegininng.”
For more quotes and insights from behind the scenes, please click here to go to the THR article.