May 04, 2011 10:00 AM by Shayla Perry
Celebrity Apprentice host and possible presidential candidate Donald Trump has made a lot of enemies in the past few weeks as he’s criticized President Obama and questioned everything from his citizenship to his performance in school. Now, Trump’s NBC reality show is taking the brunt of the backlash against the real estate mogul, with sponsors like Groupon pulling their advertisements from the show, and fans & current contestants threatening to boycott the live finale.
But is all of this really about Donald Trump speaking out against the President?
What started as a question of Barack Obama’s citizenship has turned into an issue of race, with Donald Trump now forced to defend his words and actions against people like “Late Show” host David Letterman, who recently accused the Donald of being racist.
“My point is it’s all fun, it’s all circus, it’s all rodeo, until it starts to smack of racism,” the late night host said on his show. “And then it’s no longer fun … I have heard enough really smart people convince me that yes, that is very, very insulting … How can you say things like that if you’re not a racist?”
Trump fired back at Letterman, canceling his upcoming appearances on his show.
One quote that’s come back to hurt Trump is his insistence that he’s “always had a great relationship with the blacks,” to which SNL cast member Seth Meyers quipped at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, “Unless ‘the Blacks’ are a family of white people, I think he’s mistaken.”
But Donald Trump’s problems don’t end with President Obama, or Seth Meyers, or David Letterman, or Robert De Niro, or Bill Cosby, or Rosie O’Donnell, or Jerry Seinfeld (did we forget anyone?). Perhaps the larger problem, for his show anyway, is that as he continues to speak out, he also risks losing more and more potential candidates – and viewers – for Celebrity Apprentice.
And it seems that it’s already begun!
“If it wasn’t for my contract I would boycott the finale when he decides who will be hired,” one Celebrity Apprentice cast member, who wished to remain anonymous, told Popeater’s Rob Shuter. “Whoever is offered the job should tell him there is no way I would ever work for him”
The same Celebrity Apprentice insider questions whether or not Star Jones or NeNe Leakes, the two black women remaining in the competition, will accept Donald Trump’s check to their charities should one of them win the reality competition, or if they’ll publicly take a stand against Trump on the show’s live finale.
One thing we know for certain; something has to give, because otherwise, the next season of Celebrity Apprentice is doomed to star Joey Lawrence and several other D-list stars.
Tell us… Have Donald Trump’s political ambitions changed your opinion about Celebrity Apprentice?
Remember, a special 3-hour episode of Celebrity Apprentice airs Sunday, May 8th at 8|7c.
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