Bill Pruitt, a former producer on “The Apprentice,” said that President Donald Trump made “unfathomably despicable” comments while filming the reality show.
Pruitt and other producers signed non-disclosure agreements, and are not allowed to specifically disclose what is on the video tapes, but Pruitt told NPR:
We recorded constantly. We went into the boardroom to set up discussions about how and who should get fired [on the show] without talking and saying directly who got fired, so there was a big, long exchange, all of which was recorded. Out of those exchanges came some really unfathomably despicable words said by this guy who is a TV star. I heard it. I watched it, and those things are somewhere in some warehouse.
Pruit was asked if Trump made racist comments about African-Americans, Jewish people or all of the above, and confirmed all three choices:
When you heard these things, there’s the audible gasp that is quickly followed by a cough, and then you just sort of carry on.
Pruitt said no one on the TV show ever confronted Trump about his racist remarks:
To be, “Hey, TV star, shut your god*am mouth and don’t ever, ever repeat what you just said to anyone ever.” Of course you think that. You go back to your hotel room or your apartment, and you do some soul-searching.
A White House spokesman told NPR that Pruitt’s statements are the “same recycled and false attacks.”
Trump is an executive producer on “The Apprentice,” which may be why NBC-TV and executive producer/creator Mark Burnett cannot release the tapes.