Apprentice candidate Markus posts point-by-point rebuttals of what happened on the show

On the first two episodes of The Apprentice 4, Markus Garrison has come across looking a bit like an assclown. Trump has made fun of him, and his teammates don’t seem to respect him. At least, that’s the impression we get from the show; the reality, he says, is often different.

Generally, we tend to hear a reality show star’s version of events after they’re eliminated, or when they write a book. But Mark is telling the world what really went down right now, as the episodes air. On his web site, assuming it’s actually written by him and not an impostor (it is registered to a Mark Garrison in Sarasota, Fla.), he’s posted point-by-point responses to each of the two episodes that have aired, rebutting the editors’ version of events.

Why is he doing this? He writes that “[t]he final product has been most unkind to me in the early stages. Some could argue that there is no bad publicity, but everything has its limits. There have been many instances where my good deeds are missing and/or statements manipulated.” He adds that “all too often for me it seems to be for the sole purpose of greatly exaggerating claims about my character, habits and deeds while competing to win The Apprentice. The editing of my character has many omissions and occasional manipulation that suggests I ramble on without care for my audience — this just is not true.”

Commenting about the first episode, he first recounts what happened, noting, among other things, that Excel’s “original team name, Omni, was rejected.” Then he disputes the “final product,” writing, “The editing was absolutely rigged to portray me as an incoherent blabbermouth. In the initial sequence, when asked who the PM was, I replied and when I finished speaking the camera shot switched to Mr. Trump with my answer to his subsequent question spliced in to portray that I just could not shut up.”

We can be pretty sure Markus doesn’t make it all the way, because if he does, he’s certainly being brutally honest with his boss: “Does Mr. Trump think I speak too much? Perhaps, but coming from a man who certainly is not known for being succinct, I am not sure where he has much room to criticize.”

During his analysis of the second episode, Markus does defend his ridiculous, cliched slogan, writing, “The suggestion that my early slogan idea, ‘smooth as silk’ was a ‘disaster’ is complete garbage.” But he also says the slogan his team used was also his idea: “I personally developed the tag line ‘rebirth of intimidation’ — later changed by Team to include ‘Italian’.”

Update: The pages have already been removed from the site. Although the “actual reality” feature is still listed in the news section of his web site, the page it points to no longer exists. Just a few days ago, we learned that candidates aren’t even allowed to talk about those things that didn’t air on television, so posting about them is probably a huge no-no, too.


Week One — Bally Total Fitness
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Week Two — Lamborghini
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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.