Did NBC Just Confirm That Donald Trump Isn’t Running For POTUS?

NBC just released its Fall 2011 schedule and among the returning shows:

Entertainment Weekly quotes NBC officials as saying that the show would go on without Trump:

Though NBC picked up another edition of Celebrity Apprentice, the network is prepared for the possibility (however remote) that Donald Trump will follow through with his threats to run for president.

“If he decides to run and is unavailable to do the show, we will bring the show back and someone else will be sitting at the head of the board table,” NBC programming topper Robert Greenblatt told reporters Sunday.

NBC is not prepared for now, however, to say who would replace him. “We are still hoping to have Donald back.”

The Apprentice without Donald Trump? Yea, I’ll believe that when I see it.

H/T: John Cole


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  1. Chad S says:

    Considering how quick a hook some TV shows get(I think Lone Star got 2 episodes on Fox last fall), I don’t think this means anything. They could yank the show fairly quickly until Trump drops out.

  2. Possibly yea. However, keep in mind that the edition of Celebrity Apprentice that started airing in January was filmed between September and November of last year. If the show is going to be on the schedule at all this year, it would have to be shot in the fall.

    My guess is that the Trump has already told NBC that he’s not running.

  3. Chad S says:

    Maybe, but reality shows-even trump’s-are very cheap to produce(which is why the network love them). If Trump decides to run, they’ll drum up some celebrity host that they have a contract with already to replace him for a season.

  4. Franklin says:

    Maybe Charlie Sheen could do it, I hear he’s available …