What Happens To 'The Apprentice' Now?

by Maggie Malach

Oh, what a tangled web Donald Trump weaves. The real estate mogul/presidential hopeful set off a chain of reactions after comments Trump made about undocumented Mexican immigrants in the United States. Among the repercussions are Macy's cutting ties with Trump and his menswear line, and NBC ending their partnership with the businessman. Additionally, the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants will no longer be broadcast on television. Of the many questions remaining, one of the biggest is what will happen to The Apprentice now?

I don't see Trump mending his relationship with NBC anytime soon. After the network cut ties with the mogul, he responded by releasing a statement that said, "Mr. Trump stands by his statements on illegal immigration, which are accurate. NBC is weak, and like everybody else is trying to be politically correct — that is why our country is in serious trouble." Yeah, as Taylor Swift would put it, now they've got bad blood. However, that doesn't mean NBC won't air the show. In fact, the network released a statement on June 16, following Trump's presidential bid announcement, that said, "We are committed to this franchise. We will re-evaluate Trump’s role as host of Celebrity Apprentice should it become necessary.”

The network re-affirmed this sentiment in the statement they released following Trump's remarks. "Celebrity Apprentice is licensed from Mark Burnett’s United Artists Media Group and that relationship will continue," NBC said.

Of course, this leaves the questions of who will host The Apprentice. While Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham seems to have volunteered herself for the job, neither NBC nor Mark Burnett have officially addressed the topic. If the show is looking for a member of The Apprentice's family to host, the natural suggestions are its most-high profile winner, Bill Rancic, or the infamous contestant Omarosa. However, neither of them has publicly commented either.

The latest installment of the franchise, Season 4 of The Celebrity Apprentice, aired its finale in February 2015. Given that the next season hasn't even filmed, the fate of the show remains up in the air for now. At least until they find a new host. As for Trump, the full text of his representative's statement to Bustle regarding the termination of his relationship with NBC can be read below:

We must have strong borders and not let illegal immigrants enter the United States. As has been stated continuously in the press, people are pouring across our borders unabated. Public reports routinely state great amounts of crime are being committed by illegal immigrants. This must be stopped and it must be stopped now. Long ago I told NBC that I would not being doing The Apprentice because I am running for President in order to Make our Country Great Again. […] If NBC is so weak and so foolish to not understand the serious illegal immigration problem in the United States, coupled with the horrendous and unfair trade deals we are making with Mexico, then their contract violating closure of Miss Universe/Miss USA will be determined in court. Furthermore, they will stand behind lying Brian Williams, but won’t stand behind people that tell it like it is, as unpleasant as that may be.

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