The Television Critics Association’s summer press tour came to a close on Thursday night, igniting plenty of conversation on topics like diversity, violence on TV — and Donald Trump.
The presidential candidate and former “Celebrity Apprentice” host came up during several panel’s Q&A sessions at the nearly three-week long event. Here are some of the highlights.
“I’m not going to name any names, but let’s just say, I want to do jokes on Donald Trump so badly, and I have no venue. So right now, I’m just dry Trumping … I want to actually tweet that one, too. Hold on a second. (Pulls out his phone and types) “Can’t wait to get on air September 8th. Until then, #dryTrumping.”
“I just want to say that every little boy grows up believing that they could be president of the United States, and I’m so happy that that little boy is Donald Trump. I just hope he’s taking his vitamins. Please stay healthy until I get on the air. Don’t do anything dangerous. Don’t ride any motorcycles, because every night before I go to bed, I light a candle and pray that he stays in the race, and I also pray that no one puts that candle anywhere near his hair.”
Donny Deutsch, promoting USA’s “Donny!”:
“As you all are, I’m fascinated by this … at the very least, he’s bringing a lot of attention to this.”
“But I’m predicting, as long as Donald doesn’t get elected, if we’re lucky, Season 2, Trump’s going to show up on this show, okay?”
On what he would do if he could interview Trump:
“I would say, ‘Dude, do you really know what you’re getting yourself into?’ Because I don’t know how much he’s thought it through. I know Donald well enough to know that he’s just going with it and having fun. Say what you want about the guy, he’s this incredible brand. He’s this enzyme right now. He loves attention, of course, he’s getting it. At the very least, he’s going to be a kingmaker here. If you spin it out and it goes no further and he’s got that 23% who are going nowhere. If he runs as an Independent, he’s going to hand it to the Democrats and, if he doesn’t, the Republicans. So he is going to be a big factor in this one way or another, and he loves that. That’s what he’s about. Paddy Chayefsky could not have written this. It is theater of the absurd beyond, and I think we in the media or we as voters, you just have to take it in and just take it for what it’s worth. And it’s going to be fascinating to watch.”
Butch Gilliam, promoting CNBC’s “West Texas Investors Club”:
“The trouble with Donald Trump is that his thoughts turn into words.”
“I think he and Jeb Bush are the frontrunners. It’s kind of like the race between the tortoise and the bad hair.”
“Trump had a medical deferment, which a lot of people don’t know. He had, I believe it was, an intrarectum cranial inversion.”