‘Apprentice’ Producer Mark Burnett Declares He Doesn’t Support Donald Trump, Can’t Release Tapes
Mark Burnett, the producer of The Apprentice, is not a supporter of Donald Trump‘s run for president.
“I am not now and have never been a supporter of Donald Trump’s candidacy. I am NOT ‘Pro-Trump,'” said Burnett in a statement on Wednesday. “My wife and I reject the hatred, division and misogyny that has been a very unfortunate part of his campaign.”
Trump’s vulgar comments about women to Billy Bush on a “hot mic” tape from a 2005 interview with Access Hollywood has led many to call for a look at the outtakes from Trump’s show The Apprentice. Burnett’s company, which is owned by Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer, has declined to release the footage.
Burnett’s legal team emphasizes that Burnett is not the decision maker on the tapes. “MGM, not Mark Burnett, owns ‘The Apprentice,'” said Latham & Watkins attorney Marvin S. Putnam.
MGM is also supporting Burnett’s assertion, as can be seen by CNN’s media analyst Brian Stelter‘s tweet, below.
Breaking: "Apprentice" producer Mark Burnett breaks his silence about possible Trump tapes pic.twitter.com/5tOmakRqIt
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 10, 2016