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Donald Trump: I Will Not Run For President

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 16th 2011 8:10AM
Donald TrumpUPDATE May 16: Donald Trump told audiences at NBC's 2011 Upfront Presentations that he will not run for president.

If Donald Trump does throw decide his hat into the ring as an official 2012 Presidential candidate, he'll lose his place at the 'Apprentice' boardroom table. NBC President Bob Greenblatt has announced that the show will go on without Trump at the helm.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Greenblatt said that, although the network hopes to have Trump back for the next season, "If he decides to run and is unavailable to do the show, we will bring the show back and someone else will be sitting at the head of the board table."

However, Greenblatt wouldn't be drawn on who Trump's replacement could be. (Gary Busey, anyone?) "Who that is, we're not going to really entertain, because I'm still hoping we'll have Donald back in the seat."

Season 5 of 'The Celebrity Apprentice' is slated to launch in the midseason of NBC's 2011 fall lineup. It's due to air right before new drama 'The Firm' (based on the John Grisham thriller), and NBC execs are confident it will deliver a strong lead-in audience for the newbie.

There's been much speculation in recent months as to whether Trump will actually run for president, and Greenblatt said he's not interested in stopping him if that is indeed what he wants to do. "I've said I don't want him to be unavailable ... It's the right and privilege of anyone to run for the highest office of the land. Nothing would make me happier than for someone to reach that."

He went on to add that, "If we had to address the issue of who would be replacing him, we would have to feel confident that we have another galvanizing presence. I'm hopeful we don't have to go there. If we do, it's too strong a franchise for us, not to consider [a replacement]."

So far there's been no comment from Trump.

'The Celebrity Apprentice' airs Sundays, 9PM ET on NBC.

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cmitzinc

Well, well, well, guess what? The big mouth Trump has decided not to run. No surprise there. He would have to open his tax returns, what he really makes, and explain his three marriages. Not to mention that everyone of his businesses has failed. He spoke once about bringing jobs back to America, yet his latest wife has a jewlery line that is made in China. He is nothing but a joke, but I would have liked to have known what that thing is on his head.

May 16 2011 at 4:27 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
mbewt

That's too bad. What Trump don't realize is that his show may now crash with bad ratings. In other words, his following has written him off and his show too.
Here is what could happen:
1) NBC bags him because his ratings fall within the next few months.
2) He sees that he was a fool when this happens and makes an attempt to get back in.
To put a TV show ahead of your country shows everyone where your head is.....

May 16 2011 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
generaldixie54

Let me do the math here, G.E. strongly supports the Obama campaign, Obama gives G.E. BIG TAX breaks, G.E. OWNS NBC, Yep just like they do it in Chicago

May 16 2011 at 1:01 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
nelle2hot

Everyone KNOWS NBC is the loony left. They can try to replace Donald Trump, but this show will not be the same without him.... Hahaha

IF Donald Runs, he has the intelligence, intelligence and business mind to run and win. They KNOW Obama is done and Donald Trump has enough power in this country to face the media attacks and win - Maybe even save us financially from the brink of disaster this administration has taken us too on it's spending spree.

May 16 2011 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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cmitzinc

Hey nelle2hot, do you realize that Trump has filed for bankruptcy 9 times? And that everyone of his businesses has failed? So how the heck could he possibly save us financially from the brink of disaster when he can't even save himself? Although having to answer questions at a primary would have been classic! A sadly missed opportunity for the comedians.

May 16 2011 at 4:35 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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ytowers

But he has come back everytime. What do you mean he can't save himself. I don't see him on the unemployment line. Wake up cmitzinc.

May 21 2011 at 7:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down
vanflo1

the show sucks anyway. Good riddence to BAD rumbish!!

May 16 2011 at 12:57 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Bob Lee

Gosh - if NBC fires TRUMP - then us normal folks can't all pile in on the class action civil court defamation per se lawsuit against Comcast/NBC/Universal for Donald's many diatribes against everyone -- especially his competitors -- demanding payment for damages for viewers and advertisers IN all 50 STATES for wasting our time -- and costing everyone more money. Then again, doesn't Comcast have enough legal problems already?

May 16 2011 at 12:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Donna

They should fire him regardless if he runs or not because of the negativity towards him and his show all over the internet. I think he lost 1 million viewers alone just last week and from the negative comments I have read, looks like he is in for a loss of a lot more.

May 16 2011 at 12:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
jorglanz

People need to realize that our blackman president is a phony. Trump should still push the birth issue because he had barry and the mass media on the run. It's funny how that same week bin laden was killed again for the third time.

May 16 2011 at 12:50 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
pdunc1013

The only reason they would replace Trump on Apprentice is if Obama used his network mafia to accomplish this. Obama has seized the means of production and the media. Like it or not, we're doomed. Oh, I don't like it!

May 16 2011 at 12:47 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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ccapcontact

You are being ironic. Correct? Otherwise, I can suggest come good psychotropics that help to alleviate the symptoms of paranoia.

May 16 2011 at 12:51 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
fmmarcor

RUN DONALD RUN!!!! NBC, the most liberally, biased network on TV is just afraid you might call it as it is.... RUN DONALD RUN!!!!

May 16 2011 at 12:43 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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ytowers

That is what they are afraid of. NBC gets alot of tax breaks through GE. Anyone who believes Obama is for the little people should go to Chicago. He is taking care of his buddies, so they all stay rich and the rest of us get taxed to death.

May 21 2011 at 8:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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