Donald Trump’s casino holdings may be slumping, but he still found a quick way to double his money. According to the Los Angeles Times, the ”Art of the Deal” author has negotiated himself a raise for his starring role on NBC’s ”The Apprentice.” While NBC declined to discuss the figures, the paper cited sources as saying he would earn at least twice the $50,000 per episode he earns now. The deal covers the next two 16-episode seasons of the reality hit, so his on-camera take will add up to $3.2 million. That $100,000 per episode fee doesn’t make him the highest-paid primetime personality, as he has boasted (that would be Ray Romano, who earns nearly $2 million per episode of ”Everybody Loves Raymond”), but the deal doesn’t include his fee as a producer of the show or his take from merchandising. (Those new $14 ”You’re fired” coffee mugs could really add up.) By comparison, whoever Trump chooses as the ”Apprentice” winner on Thursday’s finale will earn $250,000 for a year-long stint at the Trump organization; now, The Donald will earn that sum just for saying, ”You’re fired” two and a half times.
Posted April 13 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT
- 'Quantico' postmortem: Who's gone from the Academy?
- 'Walking Dead' prologue scene sets up Negan, second half of season 6
- 'The Walking Dead': Did the midseason finale satisfy?
- See My Morning Jacket cover Eagles of Death Metal
- Sinead O’Connor found safe after posting that she had ‘taken an overdose'
- See Tracee Ellis Ross perform on stage with mom Diana Ross
- John Legend serenades Chrissy Teigen for her 30th birthday