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Apprentice producer says Donald Trump's 'empire was crumbling' when he agreed to do the show and that he never thought a 'buffoon' with 'funny hair' would become president
- Bill Pruitt, who was a producer on the first two seasons of The Apprentice, spoke about Donald Trump in a new interview
- Trump's 'empire was, in actuality, crumbling at the very same time he took the job, the salary, and ownership rights to do a reality show' said Pruitt
- He then added: 'Did we think this clown, this buffoon with the funny hair, would ever become a world leader? Not once. Ever'
Published: 20:45 BST, 21 December 2016 | Updated: 23:21 BST, 21 December 2016
A former Apprentice producer shared his thoughts about Donald Trump in a new interview, and revealed some shocking claims about the President-elect's businesses at the time he started doing the NBC reality show.
Four-time Emmy winner Bill Pruitt, who worked on the first two seasons of Apprentice, told Vanity Fair that the public's response to Trump's show back in 2004 is remarkably similar to what happened during the election.
'People were prone to clickbait no matter how salacious or factually questionable it was, and the entire journalism world turned on its head,' said Pruitt
'At the very same time, some clever producers were putting forth a manufactured story about a billionaire whose empire was, in actuality, crumbling at the very same time he took the job, the salary, and ownership rights to do a reality show.
'The Apprentice was a scam put forth to the public in exchange for ratings. We were "entertaining," and the story about Donald Trump and his stature fell into some bizarre public record a"truth."'
He later added: 'Did we think this clown, this buffoon with the funny hair, would ever become a world leader? Not once. Ever.'
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Bill Pruitt (left), who was a producer on the first two seasons of The Apprentice, spoke about Donald Trump (right) in a new interview, calling him a 'buffoon'
'Supermarket tabloids are being thrust from the podiums of congressmen and Supreme Court justices. Smart people are playing dumb,' said Pruitt in explaining why he believes Trump won the race.
'And now it’s pretty safe to say that the man behind the curtain, Vladimir Putin, and his merry band of hackers, has done a decent job of playing puppet master doing a Jedi mind trick on the world so that he and Exxon Mobil could strike deals that would make them and the other 1 percent more rich and powerful than they already are.'
When initially asked to speak about his experience om Apprentice, Pruitt said: 'What we all thought or heard or saw behind the scenes is pointless.
'He got elected and what’s done is done.'
Pruitt later added that he did think Trump was the perfect host however for the show.
'Would he and his bombastic nature dominate in prime-time TV? We hoped so,' said Pruitt.
That worked out well for Pruitt and his team, who were nominated for Emmys the first two seasons of the show in the category of Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.
'We are masterful storytellers and we did our job well,' said Pruitt of his work on Apprentice.
'What’s shocking to me is how quickly and decisively the world bought it.'