Who's the TV boss? A source reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly that NBC execs are ready to fill host Donald Trump’s seat in the Celebrity Apprentice boardroom.
NBA legend and L.A. Dodgers co-owner Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban “are all being discussed as Trump replacements on Apprentice,” says an insider. (The reality series is slated to return for the 2016-17 TV season.)
Republican presidential hopeful Trump, 69, was fired by the network in June in the wake of his controversial comments about Mexican immigrants. "At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values," a network rep told Us in a statement at the time. "Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump."
But not all of the replacement candidates are clamoring for the GOP front-runner's former gig. "Mark's not interested," a source close to Cuban, 57, tells Us. "He thinks [his ABC series] Shark Tank is a way better show and loves being a part of it."
Adds a rep for Branson, 65, "Richard has a very busy schedule of worldwide commitments that would not enable him to do this."