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Pauly D Says No to The Donald

10/18/2010 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Pauly D had the opportunity to get hired -- or, more likely, fired -- by Donald Trump on the upcoming season of "The Celebrity Apprentice" ... but he turned it down, TMZ has learned.

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Sources close to the "Jersey Shore" star tell TMZ ... producers approached him about being on fourth edition of "Celebrity Apprentice" -- but Pauly D decided he'd rather focus on his spin-off show with MTV ... which, sources say, has already begun filming.

We're told producers were looking for someone with a kind of "hip-hop background" -- which they ended up getting when they signed up Lil Jon instead.


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