You’re fired — because my boss said so.
Clay Aiken revealed that then-real estate mogul Donald Trump didn’t even make the decisions on “Celebrity Apprentice,” but rather NBC chose who was sent home every week.
“There used to be a little thing right on his desk that looked like a phone — he pretended it was a phone — but it was actually a teleprompter where the producers were sending him notes,” the 2003 “American Idol” runner-up told Domecast, a podcast from the News & Observer.
“He didn’t know that people were getting in fights during the week while we were doing these tasks, the producers did. And they’d send him notes and he’d say, ‘Oh you two didn’t get along.’”
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The 38-year-old singer appeared on the fifth season of the reality show in 2012 and made it all the way to the finale before losing to comedian Arsenio Hall.
Aiken, who ran for and lost a congressional seat in North Carolina in 2014, compared Trump’s role in the competition to playing a doctor on TV.
“I think to myself, the man as President definitely has a teleprompter sitting on his desk right now with people telling him, ‘Well such and such is in the healthcare bill, don’t say this,’” Aiken told Domecast.
“I feel like half the time his teleprompter has broken down as president and he doesn’t know what’s going on.”
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Trump remains an executive producer on the long-running reality show, which he hosted for 14 seasons before handing it over to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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