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President-elect Donald Trump has denied that he will work on the new series of Celebrity Apprentice after taking office.

It had been reported that Donald Trump would continue to be an executive producer of the reality show he helped create.

Donald Trump tweeted on December 10 that he would “devote zero time” to the new series, which will be hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

However, the president-elect did reaffirm that he has a “big stake” in the show.

Donald Trump fronted Celebrity Apprentice, which is owned by MGM and aired by NBC, until 2015, when his political career took over.

There have been concerns about a conflict of interest because of The Apprentice‘s advertising deals and because NBC also runs various news productions.

Donald Trump tweeted, referring to the Apprentice‘s creator, TV producer Mark Burnett: “I have NOTHING to do with The Apprentice except for fact that I conceived it with Mark B & have a big stake in it. Will devote ZERO TIME!”

Image source NBC

Image source NBC

He described the reports that he would be working on the show during his presidency as “fake news”.

Donald Trump will be sworn in as the United States president on January 20, 18 days after the new series begins.

Variety magazine, which first reported the story, had claimed Donald Trump would be paid at least “in the low five-figures” per episode. MGM declined to comment on the financial arrangements.

Some observers have questioned whether the connection could affect the reporting on Donald Trump by NBC’s news division.

In June 2015, NBC said it had ended its business relationship with Donald Trump because of “derogatory statements” he made about immigrants during his presidential campaign.

However, The Apprentice new series was recorded in February, before NBC severed its ties with Donald Trump and before his election.

His supporters have defended him, comparing his Apprentice credit to royalties received by President Barack Obama from his books.

Donald Trump is due to hold a news conference next week outlining how he plans to leave his business “in total in order to fully focus on running the country”.

The new series of Celebrity Apprentice features stars including Boy George, Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi.


Stuart “The Brand” Baggs’ funeral was a celebration of the former Apprentice star’s life and achievements, his mother said.

About 200 people attended the service in Douglas which included a montage of childhood photographs set to his favorite Backstreet Boys song.

All those who attended the service at St Ninian’s Church followed his family’s wishes to wear blue.Stuart Baggs The Brand funeral

Stuart Baggs, an entrepreneur from Plymouth, died following an asthma attack last month.

Rosemary Baggs said: “We didn’t want people to wear black – Stuart wouldn’t have wanted that.

“His favorite color was blue so it seemed fitting.”

Stuart Baggs launched his company Bluewave Communications in 2007 and, days before his death at the age of 27, held a press conference to launch his latest product.

When he was aged 21 in 2010, Stuart Baggs became the youngest ever candidate to appear on The Apprentice show.

Stuart Baggs, who was fired in the semi-final, became famous for his one-liners, which included “Everything I touch turns to sold” and “I’m Stuart Baggs the brand”.


Former The Apprentice contestant Stuart “The Brand” Baggs has been found dead at his home on the Isle of Man, police have said. He was 27.

Stuart Baggs’ body was found by police after they were called to a property on Central Promenade in Douglas on July 30.

A police spokeswoman said the cause of death was “unknown” but not thought to be suspicious.

The Plymouth-born entrepreneur lived in the Isle of Man for most of his life and ran a telecommunications company.

Stuart Baggs was the youngest-ever candidate when he appeared on the BBC One show in 2010, at 21 years old.Apprentice Stuart Baggs dead at 27

Inspector Michelle McKillop said: “We can confirm that there was nothing in his room or anything about his condition that indicates to us any cause of death.

“Our thoughts go to his family and friends at this difficult time.”

There was “nothing to indicate that his death is criminally suspicious at this time”, and the death would be fully investigated on behalf of the coroner, a police spokeswoman added.

Stuart Baggs, who was fired in the semi-final, became famous for his one liners which included “Everything I touch turns to sold” and “I’m Stuart Baggs the brand”.

The Apprentice was eventually won by 30-year-old investment banker Stella English from London.

Stuart Baggs launched his company Bluewave Communications in 2007 and had held a press conference on July 28 to launch his latest product on the Isle of Man – a home hub.

He tweeted about the success of the launch on July 29.