AceShowbiz - A former producer of "The Apprentice" dished on President Donald Trump's disparaging behind-the-scenes comments on his former NBC show. Talking in an episode of NPR's podcast "Embedded", Bill Pruitt said the TV star-turned-politician repeatedly made sexist and racist remarks about African-Americans and Jewish people, particulary when discussing who to "fire" among the show's contestants.
"[The comments were] very much a racist issue," Pruitt said. "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, who served as a producer for the first two seasons of the show, said that he wasn't in position to speak out against what Trump was saying. "It was not my place to be, 'Hey, TV star, you know, reason we're all here, shut your goddamn mouth, and don't ever, ever repeat what you just said,' " he explained. "Of course, you know, you think that. You go back to your hotel room or your apartment that they put you up in. And you know, you do some soul-searching."
Pruitt opened up that the host's wealth and success were intentionally exaggerated for the purpose of the show. He told Kelly McEvers, the host of "Embedded", that the image which he helped create contributed to Trump's victory in 2016's presidential election. "We told a story. And now all of a sudden we're here. A cultural icon emerged because we weren't necessarily truthful about our portrayal," he said.
McEvers revealed that "Embedded" tried to reach out to the White House for a comment on Pruitt's claims. However, the White House allegedly said that the claims were "the same recycled and false attacks." Back in 2016, Pruitt took to his Twitter account to share that what people heard in the damning footage of "Access Hollywood" were "just the beginning" of similar comments. "As a producer on seasons 1 & 2 of #theapprentice I assure you: when it comes to the #trumptapes there are far worse. #justthebegininng," so he tweeted.