It’s “weird” for Donald Trump to remain executive producer of “The Celebrity Apprentice” while still being president of the United States, House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Friday.
“He doesn’t need his name in print. Donald J. Trump is going to be the executive producer of a thing called the American government and he is going have this a huge TV show called leading the world,” Gingrich told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto. He ought to just relax, and give executive producer to Eric or Donald [Jr.] or Ivanka and keep moving forward.”
Gingrich, who was vetted as a potential running mate for Trump, said it is not “relevant” to talk about Trump’s continuing role on the reality TV franchise that helped bring his brand and image to millions of Americans, because it is doubtful Trump will be paid enough money for it to pose a problem.
Gingrich, who during the 2016 campaign had a reputation for giving blunt advice to Trump in public, said that the enormous task of leading the free world may not have “sunk in totally” with the president-elect.
“I think he is still going through some transition things here where it hasn’t quite sunk in totally,” Gingrich said. “This is the hardest, biggest, secular job in the world. Only the pope rivals it and the pope has a kind of help that Trump can’t count on.”
Variety reported Thursday that Trump will continue to be paid for the show alongside MGM TV President Mark Burnett and new host Arnold Schwarzenegger.