Mark Cuban says he’s “not pimping anything” on ABC’s The Benefactor.

Mark Cuban says he’s “not pimping anything” on ABC’s The Benefactor.
Mark Cuban went before TV critics yesterday and unloaded his Donald Trump ammo. First, he says his upcoming ABC series The Benefactor isn’t a clone of The Apprentice. “He’s saying I copied him. That’s bullshit. He’s never even seen the show,” Cuban said. He says Trump initially called him to say, “Congratulations, you’re going to be great.” The Mavericks owner also says he is “not pimping anything” on the show. Of The Apprentice 2, which will certainly include a lot of pimping by Trump, Cuban says “I hope it does just as well as his casino does.” By the way, this bitchiness, Cuban maintains, is “all shtick.”
+ also: download The Benefactor’s “SizzleReel,” produced for advertisers and others, from Cuban’s weblog.

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