Christian movie exec, and Apprentice producer, Mark Burnett is setting the record straight, after rumors started circulating that he was trying to maintain cordial ties with Donald Trump after he refused to release old Apprentice tapes.
“Given all of the false media reports, I feel compelled to clarify a few points,” Mark Burnett said Wednesday in a statement. ” I am not now and have never been a supporter of Donald Trump’s candidacy. I am NOT ‘Pro-Trump,’” the president of MGM Television and Digital Group added. “Further, my wife and I reject the hatred, division and misogyny that has been a very unfortunate part of his campaign.”
Now on releasing the tapes, it’s been reported that M.G.M. would have to obtain Mr. Trump’s permission before releasing unaired footage of him from the show, part of a clause granting Mr. Trump control over the use of his name and likeness.
It has been growing demands that Burnett release footage from the “Apprentice” set that some former crew members say could reveal Mr. Trump acting in vulgar and offensive ways.
Mr. Burnett, who has not commented on whether such footage exists, says that he does not have the legal right to release “Apprentice” tapes; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the global entertainment conglomerate that now owns Mr. Burnett’s production company and its archives says the same.