NBC lawyer threatens Apprentice cast members who talk to the media

The 18 Apprentice 4 cast members have received a warning from NBC’s lawyers telling them to shut up or else they’ll find themselves as part of the concrete slab at one of Trump’s new buildings.

The message, obtained by the New York Daily News’ Lloyd Grove, threatens contestants who talk to the media or complain about their portrayals with the fines defined in their contracts. The lawyer, Lee Straus, e.mailed the following to the cast members, specifically mentioning Markus and Jennifer W.:

As you may know, two ‘Apprentice’ participants have recently spoken to Lloyd Grove of the Daily News alleging that they were portrayed unfairly in the program. These actions constitute a serious breach of the Applicant Agreement. … which provides (in part) that you may not discuss the program publicly or reveal information regarding the show without MBP’s and NBC’s consent. … MBP and NBC are entitled to receive liquidated damages of $5 million, any income you may receive in connection with your breach, and any attorneys’ fees that MBP and NBC incur in enforcing their rights. This is obviously not a pleasant prospect.”

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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.