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The Time When Donald Trump Wanted O.J. Simpson For “Celebrity Apprentice”

Travelers Today       By    Elyssa Deluyas

Updated: Oct 17, 2016 02:50 PM EDT

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Did Trump Want OJ Simpson to Appear on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’?
Donald Trump has thrown out some crazy ideas during his presidential campaign, and he was coming up with outlandish suggestions long before his run for the White House.
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Certain reporters and activists have been looking into other recorded comments the presidential candidate, Donald Trump, made in his many years as an in-demand celebrity. He was before a frequent guest on Howard Stern's raunchy radio show, he even admitted how he would deliberately walk into the dressing rooms of pageants he owned while women were changing.

Moreover, in an effort to gin up interest in his newly revamped "Celebrity Apprentice" in 2008, Trump entertained a controversial idea: bringing on O.J. Simpson as a contestant.

However, the proposal was immediately and unequivocally shot down by NBC at the time. It also released a statement in April 2008, "NBC representatives have never considered O.J. Simpson for the next season of 'The Apprentice,' nor will."

According to CNN, Trump said he wanted Simpson - who was acquitted for the murder of his ex-wife in a sensational 1995 trial - on his reality show.

"I do have to tell you about O.J. and 'The Apprentice,'" Trump said in July 2008 on the Howard Stern Show. "NBC went totally crazy when I wanted to put O.J. on The Apprentice."

Trump revealed that while he was friendly and played gold with O.J. before the murder trial, he abandoned him when he "realized he killed his wife."

Trump also said that NBC had "heart attack" at the thought of Simpson on the show. "Let's say that NBC, when I mentioned O.J. Simpson, had a heart attack," Trump said. "They weren't thrilled. I'm not saying I would have cast him, either, but it was certainly somebody that would be interesting."

According to The Washington Post, while Trump campaigns for the presidency (with some supporters wearing "I wish Hillary had married OJ" shirts), Simpson is in a Nevada jail for armed robbery, kidnapping and other charges stemming from a 2007 incident in which he forcibly took some items from a sports-memorabilia dealer, including his Hall of Fame certificate and a pair of cleats used by former 49ers quarterback Joe Montana. Simpson is eligible for parole in 2017.

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