Mark Burnett annoyed by NBC’s “totally unnecessary” Apprentice disclaimer.

Mark Burnett annoyed by NBC’s “totally unnecessary” Apprentice disclaimer.
At the end of The Apprentice 2, NBC shows a quick disclaimer that says while producers might talk to Trump about his firing decision, ultimately, Trump selects the victim himself. Even though it says Trump makes the decision, producer Mark Burnett tells Entertainment Weekly that he’s annoyed by the disclaimer: “NBC has made that up. I told them from the beginning it’s stupid and it’s their own weakness. They shouldn’t have it there, because there’s no consultation, and all they’re doing is causing questions. No one consults with Trump.” The network calls the disclaimer “standard” but Burnett says it is “totally unnecessary,” insisting that “The only one[s] I have ever discussed a firing with” are Trump’s right- and left-hand people, George and Carolyn.

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Ben Folds

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.