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MGM’s Mark Burnett distances from Trump

MGM president Mark Burnett has released a statement condemning the actions of former The Apprentice star Donald Trump. As calls mount for The Apprentice executive producer to release hours of uncut footage of ...
October 13, 2016

MGM president Mark Burnett has released a statement condemning the actions of former The Apprentice star Donald Trump.

As calls mount for The Apprentice executive producer to release hours of uncut footage of the Republican presidential nominee and former reality TV star, Burnett came forward on Wednesday to clarify that he will not vote for Trump on election day on Nov. 8.

“Given all of the false media reports, I feel compelled to clarify a few points,” said Burnett in a statement that has been widely reported. “I am not now and have never been a supporter of Donald Trump’s candidacy. I am NOT ‘Pro-Trump.’ Further, my wife [actor Roma Downey] and I reject the hatred, division and misogyny that has been a very unfortunate part of his campaign.”

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) has owned the rights to The Apprentice since acquiring the remaining 45% stake in its United Artists Media Group joint venture with Burnett, Downey and Hearst Entertainment. The companies were absorbed under the MGM Television Group umbrella.

In a simultaneous statement released on behalf of the studio, MGM’s external counsel Marvin S. Putnam, of Latham & Watkins, said: “MGM, not Mark Burnett, owns The Apprentice. MGM has agreements with artists across a wide spectrum of creative properties, including The Apprentice. These agreements typically contain provisions related to confidentiality and artist’s rights. MGM has every intention of complying with its agreements with artists and honoring their rights, including with respect to The Apprentice.”

These statements come as a result of a 2005 tape that surfaced Friday (Oct. 7) of Trump and former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush making lewd conversation about former Access Hollywood co-host Nancy O’Dell and Days of Our Lives actor Arianne Zucker.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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