It’s hard to read the news these days without hearing something about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. With the controversial figure off trying to run the country, NBC decided that he’s no longer fit to run his own show, meaning a new host for “Celebrity Apprentice” needs to be found.
NBC previously confirmed that, due to Trump’s presidential bid and some controversial comments he made about the Mexican immigrant community in the United States, the network would sever all its ties to the real estate mogul. This includes the upcoming Season 15 of the reality competition show. However, with “Celebrity Apprentice” still a successful series for the peacock network, ratings-wise, president Bob Greenblatt decided to postpone the premiere until the 2016-2017 TV season in the hopes of finding a new host to fill Trump’s shoes.
According to Us Weekly, the hunt for a new “Celebrity Apprentice” host is already under way, and the network allegedly has three very successful people in mind to take Trump’s seat in the boardroom. The outlet cites an insider source claiming NBA star Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson and “Shark Tank” star Mark Cuban are being tapped as potential hosts of “Celebrity Apprentice” Season 15.
Each candidate captures the gimmick of the show quite nicely; a group of D-List celebrities compete in various business-learning challenges in the hopes of ultimately becoming the host’s “Apprentice” and winning a whole mess of money for a charity of his or her choice. This isn’t the first time that Johnson’s name has been discussed in the running for the show’s new host. It was previously reported that the network was hoping to tap a successful minority TV and/or business personality in order to replace Donald Trump and simultaneously show that the network doesn’t share the 69-year-old’s stance on the comments he made regarding race.
Unfortunately, the most well recognized businessman on the list might not be interested in accepting the job. Cuban, who both CNN Money and Entertainment Weekly named top choices for the job, is allegedly not interested in leaving ABC to host “Celebrity Apprentice,” according to the same report from Us Weekly. As for Trump, he has yet to comment on any host change for the show he helped found, but did take to Twitter to criticize NBC regarding his firing.
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