Donald Trump Might Make Presidential Announcement on 'Celebrity Apprentice' Finale

10:35 PM PST 04/14/2011 by THR staff
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The real estate mogul says he's mulling "a very tough decision."

Donald Trump is mulling the idea of making an announcement about his potential bid for the Republican presidential nomination on the finale of his NBC show, The Celebrity Apprentice.

“I am thinking of saying on the live finale of The Apprentice on May 22 that in a few days I will be making an announcement about my decision," Trump told the New York Times.

Trump said it will be "a very tough decision" because Celebrity Apprentice has been performing solidly in the ratings as one of NBC's top series.

But the real estate mogul has been paying close attention to the polls, including one by CNN that placed him as a front-runner alongside former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Trump is unable to announce his actual candidacy on a network TV show, so NBC's legal team will have to approve whatever he does end up announcing.

"I believe I can say I will be announcing my decision in a few days," Trump said. "But before I did that, I would get the approval of NBC."

Meanwhile, a member of NBC's legal team said that until he officially declares his candidacy, the network does not have an obligation to offer equal time to another candidate.

As for the Celebrity Apprentice finale, "I might ask the two finalists if I should run for president," Trump said. "Of course, if they're intelligent, they'll have to say yes, since I'm about to fire one of them."
 

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