Donald Trump will retain his credit as executive producer on NBC's “The Celebrity Apprentice” when that show returns with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the boss in January.
The President-elect will also continue to profit from his ownership stake in the series, which includes spinoffs in many foreign countries. Trump’s compensation does not come from NBC, but from MGM, which owns the series.
Cynthia Littleton, managing editor for TV coverage at Variety, broke the story. When she spoke with us, she said the fact that Trump will make money from the show isn't necessarily the main concern.
In the realm of Trump's wealth, it's a very small amount. But I think it's the optics of it that are clearly raising some issues for a lot of people that are already scrutinizing the very unprecedented level of [potential] conflicts of interest raised by his status as both a private businessman and a reality TV star.