Back before Donald Trump had the presidency, the nuclear codes, and the world's largest pulpit from which to bully and demean, he was best known as a D-list celeb with his own reality show. But The Apprentice behind the scenes was, like most reality shows, far different from the slick finished product viewers eventually saw. The pressure-cooker atmosphere created in the boardroom translated to a fraught backstage environment, where contestants were often put in uncomfortable situations that only fueled further drama and made things more tense.
The Apprentice ran for 14 seasons on NBC with Trump at the helm; the Arnold Schwarzenegger-hosted celebrity version ran for one more year. Despite the show's success, the truth about The Apprentice only started to emerge when Trump ramped up his presidential campaign. There were rumblings of his offensive behavior on the set, though the extent of such behavior is still not fully known. Regardless, behind the scenes stories about The Apprentice give a grim glimpse into a reality show ruled by chaos, bigotry, and manufactured high stakes.
Trump Made Racist Comments
Contestants Got STD Screenings And Agreed To Be Filmed Nude
The Environment Was Unrelentingly Sexist
Trump Stoked Anger And Fights Between Contestants
Fired Contestants Couldn't Go Home
Contestants' Suitcases Weren't Packed With All Their Belongings