No Trump POTUS Announcement On Celebrity Apprentice Finale

If you were planning to watch the May 14/21 finale of Celebrity Apprentice to find out about Donald Trump’s Presidential plans, don’t bother:

Reset your DVRs! You can make that Sunday night dinner with mom after all: Contrary to his own personally advanced hype, Donald Trump will not be making any kind of announcement about his presidential plans on the Celebrity Apprentice season finale.

The ratings-deflating news was delivered to National Journal on Tuesday by Sharon Pannozzo, publicity director for NBC Entertainment, who sounded a little miffed with The Donald’s false advertising.

“The show this weekend [part one of the finale] was taped back in November, and next week’s episode is also taped,” Pannozzo said. “So there will be no opportunity for him to do something like that.”

What? Didn’t Trump himself suggest to TheNew York Times that he’d be delivering the news—or at least news of when and where he’d deliver the news—of his presidential plans on the show?

“I am thinking of saying on the live finale of The Apprentice on May 22 that in a few days I will be making an announcement about my decision,” Trump told the Times. “I might ask the two finalists if I should run for president. Of course, if they’re intelligent they’ll have to say yes, since I’m about to fire one of them.”

Not exactly, according to the show’s publicist. “There will be no announcement,” Pannozzo said. “It’s just misinformation on his part.” Pannozzo insists there will be no live segments of the show. Asked about Pannozzo’s comments, Trump spokesman Michael Cohen confirmed to National Journal: “Mr. Trump will not be making any announcement during the finale of The Apprentice.”

Gee, what a shock.


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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. michael reynolds says:

    What a twat this guy is.

    Can I say twat? Let’s ask the spam filter.

  2. Bleev K says:

    Twat, twat, twat…

    Yeah, we can say that.

  3. Neil Hudelson says:

    “Twat” is allowable on late night cable (featured prominently in an episode of the FX show “Rescue Me.” I assume if its good enough for TV, its good enough for polite conversation.

    I try to guide all of my language–and thoughts really–by what the FCC says is and isn’t allowable. It’s so much easier that way.

  4. In Donald’s case, I would object only because calling him a twat is an insult to twats.

    Now, let’s try to keep the rest of this conversation civil 😀

  5. mattb says:

    I look forward to the contorted arguments about how The Donald’s inability to announce his decision about the presidency proves how sincere his questioning of Obama’s citizenship status was.

  6. wr says:

    Trump will say that there’s no longer a need for him to run for president. Simply announcing that he was considering a run forced Obama not only to release his birth certificate, but to kill Bin Laden. And he’ll be very, very proud of that.