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Andy Richter defends Trump’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ credit

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Comedian Andy Richter says President-elect Donald Trump’s critics are mistaken for attacking his continued involvement in the NBC reality television series “The Celebrity Apprentice.”

Richter, who co-hosts TBS’s late-night talk show “Conan” with host Conan O’Brien, added he is much more troubled by how Trump’s business empire may impact his presidency overseas.

Reports emerged Thursday Trump is retaining an executive producer credit for “The Celebrity Apprentice” after taking office. The president-elect is also a profit participant in the franchise, which has been sold around the world since 2004.


MGM and NBC declined to comment on the financial terms of Trump’s deal, and no details about how involved he will be in the show were immediately available.

“Mr. Trump has a big stake in the show and conceived of it with [creator] Mark Burnett,” Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a statement Thursday. “Additional details regarding his business interests will be shared December 15th.”

Trump left “Celebrity Apprentice” before entering politics, with his final episode as the show’s frontman airing in February 2015.

The show is set to return after a two-year hiatus on Jan. 2 with new host Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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