February 23rd, 2006 08:19 EST
Clash Of The Pop-Culture Icons
Trump to Stewart: Me? Fired? I don't think so.
Martha Stewart’s comments in the current issue of Newsweek have Donald Trump fuming mad. She stated that her spin-off version of the Apprentice did poorly and was eventually cancelled because Trump would not take his original, competing show off the air. According to Stewart, her show was supposed to be the only Apprentice series, and was to begin with her "firing" Trump.
“Having two Apprentices on the air was as unfair to him as it was unfair to me, but Donald wanted to stay on,” she told Newsweek.
Trump didn’t take her words too well. In a nasty letter, Trump, who was an executive producer on her show, told her to take responsibility for her own failure. He criticized it further by stating “The show lacked mood, temperament and just about everything a show needs for success.” He continued to write how he knew it would fail the moment he saw it.
“Between your daughter, with her one-word statements, your letter writing and, most importantly, your totally unconvincing demeanor, it never had a chance – much as your daytime show is not exactly setting records,” he said.
He wrote that her version was “a mistake for everybody - especially NBC” and continued with personal attacks. “Essentially, you made this firing up just as you made up your sell order of ImClone,” referring to Stewart’s criminal case where she served five months in prison and six months under house-arrest for lying about selling her stock.
Martha replied that she was proud of her work with Trump on her Apprentice, and was shocked at his letter. She called it “mean-spirited and reckless”. Donald’s move was to further comment on The Big Idea With Donny Deutsch, saying “Of course the letter was mean-spirited, but I think what she did was mean-spirited.” He also said that he was “her number one advocate…and what does she do? She blames me for her show’s failure.” When asked about Trump’s being fired, Mark Burnett, the creator of the Apprentice, replied that “Martha had lots of ideas” but it was doubtful NBC would agree to that.
In an interview with Inside Edition, Trump forged ahead with denying Martha’s claims, saying “You have the number one show on television and they’re going to fire me and she’s going to take my place? Do you think NBC would take that chance?”
The Donald, still miffed at her comments, continued the verbal assault by saying Stewart should focus on “her little daytime show, and have it do as well as it can do, which isn’t particularly well.” He also told Extra that he’s owed an apology, but doesn’t expect to get one.
Martha Stewart used time on her daily syndicated show, Martha, to respond.
“I want to address what’s happening with Donald Trump. I am disappointed, I am hurt, and I am really upset at my longtime friend. That’s really all I want to say. Enough about it.”