Trump faxes Cuban about Benefactor, calling its shortened run “embarrassing.”

Trump faxes Cuban about Benefactor, calling its shortened run “embarrassing.”
Because he just couldn’t resist, Donald Trump faxed a letter to Mark Cuban yesterday about The Benefactor‘s shortened run (the series concludes Monday, compressing the final three episodes into one). Trump gets his licks in but his facts wrong (the series wasn’t cancelled), writing, in part:

I am truly sorry to hear that your show has been canceled for lack of ratings. … When I initially called you to congratulate you on ‘The Benefactor’–little did you or I realize how disastrous and embarrassing it would turn out to be for you.

Mark Cuban responded, telling the New York Daily News that “Donald truly is a TV star, and a legend in his own mind. For that he deserves credit. The same can’t be said of his business skills.” He added, “I can’t think of anything more disastrous and embarrassing than putting one’s personal profit ahead of your partners and the people that trusted you. But that’s me, Donald. Feel free to call me if you ever need advice on how to run a business successfully.” Clearly, the two are bound for an appearance on Celebrity Boxing.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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