Trump Temper Flare


At the season finale [of the Apprentice]  those of us cast off in earlier episodes were brought back to witness the spectacle of the winning “apprentice” being chosen before an audience, in a live broadcast. Sitting onstage in a fake boardroom set, Trump asked the former contestants for their opinions on which finalist he should hire, turning finally to me before announcing his decision. I jokingly suggested that he choose Sanjaya, the goofily flamboyant singer then enjoying a run on American Idol. I meant it as a quip about the triviality of the whole self-serious reality-audition process. It was live TV, so I couldn’t be edited out.

Moments after we went off-air, with the stage full and audience members still exiting their seats, Trump spotted me and jabbed a finger at my face. “What was that?,” he barked. I told him the truth: I had nothing nice to say about either of the finalists, and rather than insult them, I went for humor. Humor was not, apparently, welcome in the boardroom.

“Well, it wasn’t funny,” Trump snapped, his face inches away from mine. He stormed off.


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