Which Former Trump Aides Will Become Media Stars?

6:30 AM 4/17/2018

by Andrew Tyndall

News media analyst Andrew Tyndall takes a look at the future prospects of the White House alums who burned bright — and burnt out — since Trump took office.

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Newscom (Spicer, Bannon); A.P. Photo (Hicks)

  • Steve Bannon

    The Breitbart honcho turned chief strategist, 64, was fired in August amid comments in Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury.

    Tyndall: “He wants to own the platform for pundits, not be one; to control the microphone, not provide its fodder.”

  • Michael Flynn

    The ex-national security adviser, 59, didn’t last a month but continues to be a star player in the Robert Mueller probe.

    Tyndall: “Presumably [if it’s on-air, it will be] via remote-video hookup, wearing pinstripes, from Leavenworth.”

  • Hope Hicks

    Trump’s favorite head of communications, 29, bowed out in March.

    Tyndall: “If she avoided the provocative sound-bite when she was communications director, for crying out loud, why would she want to proffer one now?”

  • Corey Lewandowski

    Trump’s ex-campaign manager, 44, was fired pre-election.

    Tyndall: “No journalistic organization … should contemplate hiring anyone who manhandles a reporter the way he did Breitbart’s Michelle Fields … and that includes you, CNN.”

  • Omarosa Manigault

    The Apprentice alum turned “adviser,” 44, was reportedly dragged from the White House before returning to reality TV.

    Tyndall: “Hasn’t she already landed the gig as Big Brother’s in-house talking head?”

  • Reince Priebus

    Former RNC chair and chief of staff, 46, has tried to keep his spotlight low since his July ouster.

    Tyndall: “In what capacity? A Trump loyalist as former chief of staff? Or a never-Trumper as ex-RNC chair? We’d never know his motivation.”

  • Sean Spicer

    The SNL-parodied ex-press secretary, 46, tried to redeem himself with an Emmy Awards appearance.

    Tyndall: “If he was ever going to be picked up, it would have already happened. The publicity glow bestowed by Melissa McCarthy has dimmed.”

    This story first appeared in the April 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.