Donald Trump Claims NBC Paid Him More Than $213 Million for ‘Apprentice’

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NBC paid Donald Trump in excess of $213 million for 14 seasons of his reality-competition show, “The Apprentice,” the real-estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate said in an election filing Wednesday.

“During the 14 seasons of ‘The Apprentice,’ Mr. Trump was paid $213,606,575,” Trump’s campaign said in a release detailing information he provided to the Federal Election Commission.

NBC was not able to offer immediate comment.

In late June NBC cut ties with Trump after the presidential hopeful made some remarks about Mexicans that many people believe were offensive. In a news conference announcing his bid for the GOP presidential nomination, Trump asserted that many immigrants who travel across the U.S. border are “rapists” and carry drugs. NBC ran versions of Trump’s “Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice” for nearly a decade and a half. NBCUniversal and Trump were also partners in the longstanding Miss Universe and Miss USA beauty pageants. Spanish-language broadcaster Univision also sundered its connection to the celebrity, saying it would not broadcast the Miss USA pageant to its viewers.

Reelz, a cable network, recently aired the Miss USA pageant for 2015.

The amount of money NBC is said to have paid Trump likely dwarfs the amount of revenue the network secured from “Apprentice” advertisers in recent seasons. The average cost of a 30-second spot in “The Apprentice” for the 2014-15 season was a paltry $64,900, according to a Variety survey of primetime ad prices.

Trump’s campaign said the candidate took in $362 million in 2014, excluding dividends, interest, capital gains, rents and royalties.

In the statement, Trump said he was “fighting to Make America Great Again. I look forward to the challenge of winning the presidency and doing a fantastic job for our country. I will make the United States rich and strong and respected again, but also a country with a big heart toward the care of our people.”

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  1. Mike M says:

    Unphased by the demise of “The Apprentice”, Trump has no less than a dozen new shows in production, with plans for 24 hour non-stop broadcast from Jan 2017 via his new network (AKA C-SPAN). Time will tell how many of these get shot in the back of the had before they make it over the border; The Billionaire, The Billionairette, Mr USA, The Reelz Presidential Hopefuls of New York City, American Idiot, The Amazing Disgrace, America’s Next Top Potus, Dancing With EStrada, Keeping Up With The Candya$$ Again, He’s Bitchen, Sunvisor and Extreme Combover.

  2. Mike M says:

    “During the 14 seasons of ‘The Apprentice,’ Mr. Trump was paid $213,606,575,” Trump’s campaign said in a release detailing information he provided to the Federal Election Commission.

    NBC was not able to offer immediate comment, however a source close to the network’s accounting department vehemently refuted the claim, stating “I understand the figure was closer to 3,371,824,419.81”, adding; “we only ever paid Mr Trump in his preferred currency; the Peso”.

  3. John says:

    NBC paid Trump 213 million dollars in total for all the years on Apprentice…..NBC that was $213 million too much!! I suggest you demand he repay you $313 million, being connected to Trump has harmed your networks reputation! Mind you since it is Trump we are talking about he has probably spent the $213 million and we can expect him to file for bankruptcy YET AGAIN!

  4. jsm1963 says:

    Probably accurate. Lawrence O’Donnell was one of the producers of The West Wing. The last time Trump was flirting with a run for the White House I think he estimated that he made about $30 million a year off The Apprentice.

  5. Joe crusoe says:

    As most media seems to do – you heft out the term ‘illegal’ . Mr Trump was referring to illegal immigrants which is a vastly different distinction from immigrants who are in the country legally. Get it right – details matter.

    • John says:

      Even though they left out “illegal” Trump is still a brainless bigot and since he demanded to see Obama’s Birth Certificate…I think every democrat candidate should demand Trump produce his to prove he has the right to run…and call his Birth Certificate into question as much as Trump called Obama’s into question.

  6. cadavra says:

    I believe it. It’s just the kind of bonehead move that defines NBC these days.

    • Robert McCutchan says:

      If you believe Trumps claim, and chances are only morons will!

      • cadavra says:

        Hey, I’m on your side! And I’m not comparing the cast of “Friends” to him. I’m just explaining that the math might–repeat, might–bear out his claim.

      • cadavra says:

        It’s outrageous, but not impossible. The cast of “Friends,” for example, each earned $1,000,000 an episode during its final years. Assuming a comparable salary for Trump, multiply 15 eps a season times 14 seasons and you get $210,000,000. So this might well be the one time he said something that may actually be truthful.

      • Robert McCutchan says:

        Well the clown car continues to produce, who isn’t shocked? Are you seriously comparing the cast of ‘Friends’ to a complete idiot like Trump who only cares about himself and is constantly lying about things, his wealth, his management style, etc, but what he doesn’t get asked about and he should be asked about, is why he entered into bankrupt protection 5 times! Why if he has all the answers does he constantly make business blunders, and needs protection from the courts from paying his debts??? He is a blowhard, he is a liar,,he is ego-driven, and has a dead raccoon on the top of his head!

  7. Trump4Pres says:

    Trump will be a Fantastic President! Make America Great Again

    • jsm1963 says:

      Trump4Pres totally supports Trump. We get it.

    • Robert McCutchan says:

      Another clown is drinking the Kool-Aid! It just shows you the type he is appealing to! Did Trump pay you to leave that comment as he did those other clowns who surrounded him when he declared his candidacy?? Who are you going to support when he drops out? Maybe George Castanza?

      • sammyglick says:

        LOL – yea, Trump totally paid for this ‘comment’! His views are all over the place, but that doesn’t matter to his moronic fans. They’d vote for that clown no matter what idiotic thing he says today, yesterday or tomorrow.

  8. Robert McCutchan says:

    Trump is a blow-hard and a liar! His campaign is nothing more than ego food for him and his needy ego which is fragile and full of lies and distortions. Why doesn’t he talk about the 5 bankrupsies he’s claimed over the years and his mismanagement of casinos and nearly every other enterprise he’s involved with? He can’t be taken seriously and in time more Americans will know that!!!

  9. bill says:

    I’m just wondering why the amount of money he made has any bearing at all. If it was 9 billion, 1 billion, 200 million or 100 million, does it change of the issues?

    • sammyglick says:

      Just ask those right-wing clowns upset with Hillary’s wealth if it ‘matters’ how much she and her husband have made over the past decade…

  10. mcflyer54 says:

    One might believe that Trump is implying that “he” had been paid $213M rather than that amount having been spent on total production costs for bringing “The Apprentice” to air. Since the paid “on air” talent was limited to Trump and his various seasonal assistants it is difficult the accept the $213M is representative of payment exclusive to Trump. Of course it’s possible but the ad revenue generated, as well as the ratings, would certainly not justify that dollar amount unless it represented all costs incurred by the production.

  11. LeeSP says:

    Based on the probably inflated number, it is an average of $15 million per season which is not a huge number when you see what other hosts/producers are being paid.

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