During an audio interview with the North Carolina News & Observer Dome Cast, Clay Aiken claimed that Donald Trump didn’t decide which contestants to fire on The Apprentice, the reality show that made the current president of the United States a household name.
“He didn’t make those decisions, he didn’t fire those people,” said the American Idol season 2 runner up who competed on The Apprentice in 2012. According to Clay, NBC producers made the calls, giving Trump orders through a teleprompter on his desk that looked like a phone.
According to the Washington Post, it isn’t the first time the veracity of The Apprentice has been questioned.
Trump frequently offered to give away thousands of his own dollars, often to console a fired or upset celebrity. The Post examined all of the “personal” gifts that Trump promised during 83 episodes and seven seasons, and could not confirm a single case in which Trump actually sent a gift out of his own pocket.
Clay added that Trump as president frequently reminds him of the man he remembers from the show.
“The man as president definitely has a teleprompter sitting on his desk right now, with people telling him, ‘such and such is in the health care bill,’” said Clay. “I feel like half the time, his teleprompter has broken down as president and he doesn’t know what’s going on.”
“He probably is leading the country in the same way that he did ‘Apprentice,’” Aiken added. “Donald Trump isn’t the businessman that people believe he is because we saw him on TV, playing in ‘The Apprentice.’ And he did look like he was leading, but on ‘The Apprentice’ he doesn’t lead.”
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