The father is NOT paying for the actions of his sons ... so says Donald Trump ... who claims all of his "Celebrity Apprentice" sponsors are staying committed to the show after gruesome pics emerged of his kids killing a bunch of animals in Africa.
TMZ broke the story ... Marcus Lemonis -- CEO of Camping World and Good Sam -- is furious about the photos of Don Jr. and Eric Trump posing with their kills ... which included an elephant, kudu and waterbuck. Lemonis told TMZ he vowed not to give another dime to support Trump's show.
Here's the catch ... Good Sam is a major sponsor of a 'Celeb Apprentice' episode scheduled to air next month.
But Trump called in to "TMZ Live" moments ago ... and said despite Lemonis' outrage ... not one sponsor has pulled out ... including Good Sam.
In fact, Trump says the people at Good Sam are THRILLED to be on board ... and told him they are "very much looking forward" to their episode.
Still, Trump once again stated he's NOT a fan of hunting ... but believes his sons were righteous in giving the meat from their kills to local villagers.
Big Sponsor Pulls Out Over
Little Trumps' Animal Butchery
3/15/2012 1:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Donald Trump's sons' bloody hunting trip in Africa last year didn't just put a dent in the local wildlife population -- it exterminated a lucrative advertising deal on "Celebrity Apprentice" ... by scaring away a big sponsor.
Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis tells TMZ, the company's TV spots already aired on this season of "Celebrity Apprentice" -- but he insists, "I wouldn't spend another nickel with them."
Marcus adds, "I am totally disgusted by the [hunting] pics I have seen and was surprised to see them ... Money is spent but wow I'm really shocked."
As TMZ previously reported, Donald's sons (Donald Jr. and Eric) went on a hunting safari in Zimbabwe a year ago, killing several animals -- including an elephant, crocodile, kudu, civet cat and waterbuck.
'Celeb Apprentice' Star Sued
Please, Stop Singing.
2/21/2012 3:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Aubrey O'Day's big mouth has landed her in hot water again ... only this time it's not because of what she said ... it's what she sang.
The "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant is being sued over a segment in the finale of her Oxygen reality show, "All About Aubrey" ... in which she sings on top of a track produced by her friend Adonis Shropshire.
Here's the rub -- according to the suit, Adonis created that particular beat for ANOTHER artist and didn't have the right to pass it on to Aubrey.
Now, the company that claims it owns the beat is suing Aubrey, Oxygen and Adonis ... alleging they all contributed to the alleged beat jackery.
The company is suing for unspecified damages -- and an order preventing Aubrey from performing the song ever again.
NBC Treated Me Like Rosa Parks
But I Got My Apology
1/5/2012 2:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lisa Lampanelli has buried the hatchet with NBC -- calling in to TMZ Live moments ago, claiming the network has apologized for dissing her hardcore at the NY Knicks game last night ... or as she put it, treating her like "Rosa Parks."
Lisa tells us, NBC called her up today to say sorry for the faux pas -- after it asked Lisa to attend the game as a favor to promote "Celebrity Apprentice" ... then insulted her with an 11th row seat, while her co-stars Teresa Giudice and Dayana Mendoza sat courtside.
Lisa cracked, "I'm like Rosa Parks! ... Don't sit me in the back of the bus!" -- but says she has since forgiven the network. According to Lisa, NBC even asked for her address to send her a gift in the mail.
Fruit baskets fix everything.
UNLOADS ON NBC
You Pissed Me Off!!!
1/5/2012 8:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lisa Lampanelli is demanding a "BIG F**KING APOLOGY" from NBC ... claiming the network completely disrespected her at the NY Knicks game last night ... in front of thousands of people.
Lisa -- who was just announced as a contestant on the upcoming "Celebrity Apprentice" -- had just completed a hardcore day of promoting the show ... when she WENT OFF on the peacock.
Lampanelli says she was invited to Madison Square Garden along with two of her co-stars -- former Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza and "Real Housewives" star Teresa Giudice.
But when they got the tickets, Lisa says Dayana and Teresa were placed in the front row ... while Lisa was forced to sit all the way in the back. Obviously, Lisa was PISSED.
She unloaded, "You think anyone is watching that 'Celebrity Apprentice' for anybody except me and a couple other people who really keep the ball rolling?"
"I'll expect my gift basket with your apology and some GOOD Knicks tickets tomorrow .. 'cause I killed myself for you for 18 hours today."
And the worst part of all ... the front row seat next to Teresa and Dayana was EMPTY!!!
Not Guilty in
6/26/2011 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
One of the contestant's on last year's "The Apprentice" is no lady-choking criminal ... according to a jury of his peers which just found Genesiac Folkes "not guilty" of strangling his wife.
Folkes was on trial in Collin County, TX for allegedly attacking his wife in May 2010 ... but on Wednesday, the jury came through with the verdict he was hoping for ... not guilty.
The former "Apprentice" contestant tells TMZ, the entire experience was a nightmare -- claiming the legal system shafted him from the beginning ... because officials never asked his side of the story.
Folkes adds, he's still grateful with the result -- even though he feels the justice system needs a total overhaul.
5/9/2011 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NeNe Leakes is firing back at Donald Trump -- telling TMZ she "feels good" about bailing on "Celebrity Apprentice" ...because Trump disrespected her in-front of and behind the cameras.
Leakes tells us her feud with Star Jones was REAL -- and says she was legitimately upset with Trump when Donald changed the teams on last night's show to "accommodate" the former "View" chatterbox.
NeNe tells us, "Trump was doing things to accommodate Star and not me."
Leakes says she felt producers were constantly trying to "provoke" her ... noting, "All of the manipulating ... was very toxic. It was a very toxic situation."
She adds, "I'm not a quitter or a loser ... I had to walk out of the show for my own sanity."
"I feel good about leaving and I don't regret it. I don't believe you need to act like that for charity."
QUITS 'Celeb Apprentice' -- Trump Furious!
5/9/2011 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
She stood what she could stand ... and last night, NeNe Leakes couldn't stand Star Jones anymore ... and QUIT "Celebrity Apprentice."
It all hit the fan when Donald Trump reordered the teams on the show ... after Star told The Donald she couldn't work with her arch-enemy NeNe anymore.
An obviously FURIOUS Leakes stormed off to her hotel and told Trump, "You can't just accommodate her ... that's not fair."
NeNe then explained, "Mr. Trump bought into her bulls**t and i dont have to stay here and put up with BS to raise money for my charity. The best thing for me to do is just walk away."
Later in the show, Trump added, "The fact is she left ... she quit, she gave up. To you, NeNe, I say, you're fired. And you’re a quitter. And Star Jones kicked your ass whether you like it or not."
Trump Delaying "Apprentice" Decision Over Prez Bid
4/16/2011 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Donald Trump says he's putting off a decision to sign an extension for "Celebrity Apprentice" pending his decision to run for president. This is what you call one of those lose/lose situations.
The Donald is still mulling whether or not to run for office, saying he'll make up his mind some time before June.
In other words ... during May sweeps, perhaps?
Trump Rips Bill Cosby -- He's a Two-Faced Phony!
4/11/2011 4:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Donald Trump is firing back at Bill Cosby after the comedian blasted the billionaire on "The Today Show" last week -- claiming Bill's nothing more than an underhanded backstabber.
It's all over a statement Bill made on "The Today Show," claiming the Donald should either "run or shut up" -- referring to Trump's ambiguous stance on running for President in 2012.
Trump -- who can't publicly declare his candidacy until "Celebrity Apprentice" is over -- returned fire today in a statement, claiming, "While I have never been a fan of Cosby’s, I had always assumed he liked or respected me because every time I met him ... he was always so nice."
Trumps adds, "If [Bill] doesn’t want me to run because he’s obviously an Obama fan, he should state the reasons and not ... treat me like his best friend, only to denigrate me when I’m not around."
Check out Trump's full statement after the jump.
April 11, 2011
The other day on The Today Show, right after I was interviewed by Meredith Vieira, a terrific person and reporter, I happened to watch Bill Cosby who was on at the end of the show. While I have never been a fan of Cosby’s, I had always assumed he liked or respected me because every time I met him—the last time at the David Letterman show where I preceded him as a guest—he was always so nice, saying “let’s get together”—asking me out to dinner, and being polite to the point of offering to buy me a suit because he has a “great tailor.”
In any event, as I watched the show, the subject of Donald Trump came up. I was surprised to hear him blabber, somewhat incoherently “you run or shut up.” The hatred was pouring out of his eyes when he said this. As I am sure he must know I cannot run until this season of Celebrity Apprentice ends. I know that he has taken a lot of heat over the years in that he seems to be talking down to the people he’s talking to and purportedly trying to help. Actually, based on the way he acted, things are not looking too good for Cosby.
I wish he would be more honest, and if he doesn’t want me to run because he’s obviously an Obama fan, he should state the reasons and not come into my “green room” in front of numerous witnesses and treat me like his best friend, only to denigrate me when I’m not around. Sadly, he got more attention talking about me than he did on the merits of his own appearance—maybe he is not as dumb as I thought.
His Own Integrity'
4/7/2011 10:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Gary Busey is still adamant he never stole Meatloaf's paint on "Celebrity Apprentice" ... but insists ML "stole his own integrity" when he EXPLODED on Busey on the show this weekend.
Busey was out in L.A. yesterday -- and told us, "They found [Meat's] paint later ... I hadn't taken anything ... it's just the way things work out when you're dealing with somebody who doesn't have anger management or rage control."
Despite the legendary outburst -- Gary says he still believes Meatloaf is a "good guy" -- but explains, "He just went off the handle."
No kidding ...
Dishing on Meatloaf's Beef with Busey
4/7/2011 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lil Jon dropped some inside scoop on TMZ about the "Celebrity Apprentice" fight between Meatloaf and Gary Busey -- and he also told us the BIG SECRET ... that we already knew.
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'Celeb Apprentice' Contestant Ordered to Prison
3/14/2011 12:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Richard Hatch -- the guy who won $1 million on Season 1 of "Survivor" -- has been ordered to surrender to U.S. marshals by NOON today to begin a 9-month prison sentence for not paying taxes on the prize money.
Hatch had filed a request to delay his surrender until he could get his business affairs in order ... but earlier today, the judge shot down the request ... which means Hatch better get his ass over to his nearest marshals station ASAP.
Hatch is currently a contestant on "Celebrity Apprentice" -- and though most of the season has already been taped ... the finale will be LIVE in a couple of months.
So, if by chance ... Hatch makes it all the way to the final 2 ... Trump better make sure he can broadcast from behind bars!
UPDATE: Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal David Remington tells us Hatch has officially surrendered to authorities.