Image via AP Photo.
Image via AP Photo.

Apprentice creator—and arguably, by extension, Donald Trump creator—Mark Burnett, who denounced Trump’s presidential campaign in October but claimed he was legally bound against releasing potentially damaging footage from the set of The Apprentice, has reportedly turned quite a corner.

At a breakfast fundraiser at Cipriani in Manhattan, Trump, according to an attendee, spoke about a fun inauguration brainstorming sesh he and Burnett had had the day before. From the New York Times:

The president-elect said he was paid a visit a day earlier by Mark Burnett, the executive producer of “The Apprentice,” the reality show that helped make the president-elect a household name. Mr. Trump told the crowd that Mr. Burnett proposed reinventing the inauguration with a helicopter taking off from New York City, according to an attendee.

Mr. Burnett, who is known for producing shows like “Survivor,” “The Voice” and “Shark Tank” as well, also told Mr. Trump that he should consider a parade up Fifth Avenue.


Burnett, who helped solidify incredibly damaging racist and sexist stereotypes through his work on The Apprentice, also produced Sarah Palin’s Alaska, which was essentially an upscale propaganda campaign. Last year, Burnett said he was reaching out to Vladimir Putin for a show with a similar premise, telling The Hollywood Reporter: “I want this to be a series of shows from the eyes of leaders of nations about their countries,” adding: “not through the lens of a news organization.”

This season on Very Bad Men Take Over the World’s Most Powerful Democracy, there will be helicopters! There will be parades! There will be fireworks! There will be more fireworks! There will be even more fireworks, the biggest fireworks, oh, my god, there will be so many fireworks, until—blam!—all that’s left is a fine layer of black dust!

Ellie is a freelance writer and former senior writer at Jezebel. She is pursuing a master's degree in science journalism at Columbia University in the fall.

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