A TV producer who oversaw the first five seasons of President Trump’s reality TV show “The Apprentice” says those working behind the scenes often “struggled to make Trump seem coherent.”
In a new interview with The New Yorker, Katherine Walker said: “we cleaned it up so that he was his best self.”
“He wouldn’t read a script — he stumbled over the words and got the enunciation all wrong,” Walker said. “But off the cuff he delivered the kind of zesty banter that is the lifeblood of reality television.”
Walker did credit Trump with coining his own famous “You’re fired” catchphrase.
“I don’t think any of us could have known what this would become,” she said. “But Donald would not be president had it not been for that show.”
The New Yorker piece argues that Mark Burnett, the former executive producer of “The Apprentice,” helped reinvigorate his image as a successful business tycoon and paved Trump’s path to the presidency by ending a downward slope in his professional life.
Walker said Burnett acknowledged Trump was at a low point in his career, but he “sensed Trump’s potential for a comeback.”
Walker added that Trump often spoke in a derogatory manner about women, frequently commenting on their bodies.