Why Ivanka Trump should get her own Apprentice

Ivanka Trump has been on The Apprentice for eight seasons now, although her expanded role started in season six, when she replaced Carolyn Kepcher (remember her?). In today’s Daily Beast, I make the case for what we’ve known for a while: Ivanka is by far the best Trump, both on the show and off, and really deserves her own show.

I detail why she really is better than her father, mostly because she’s not as simplistic in her thinking. She’s also direct, confrontational, honest, funny, and engaging, and doesn’t wither away like her brothers.

I think NBC and Mark Burnett should spin off a The Apprentice: College Edition or something similar, perhaps a show that attracts 20- and 30-something contestants who want to compete to actually apprentice with her. Do it in the off season from Celebrity Apprentice and see what happens. My guess: Ivanka will continue to surprise us.

about the writer

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.