President Donald Trump coined the catch-phrase “You’re fired,” while hosting the NBC hit show The Apprentice. The series premiered in 2004, Mark Burnett created it, and it went on to earn nine Emmy nominations. At that time, Trump was a real-estate mogul and media personality who was simply an iconic part of American culture. No one new back in 2004 or 2005 that he would become the president of the United States. If they did, they might have kept better track of the things he said.
Donald Trump started appearing in cameos on various television shows throughout the late eighties. He appeared as himself in the 1989 movie Ghosts Can Do It. In 1988 he appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show with a second appearance in 1998. He made plenty of television talk show rounds in 1989 and 1990.
In 1991, Trump appeared on the Howard Stern Show and in 1992 he made another cameo appearance in a feature film. It was Home Alone II: Lost in New York and it seemed that appearance paved the way for more cameos in movies. He followed Home Alone II with cameos in both television movies and those made for the silver screen.
First time I saw Donald Trump was in Home Alone 2. Now he’s POTUS, I somehow feel very old knowing this… pic.twitter.com/oQSG2rwMrm
— Iam22today (@Iamdja) December 4, 2017
Between 1992 and 2004, Donald Trump made cameo appearances in the following movies: Home Alone II: Lost in New York, Lady Boss, Kathie Lee Gifford’s Celebration of Motherhood, The Pickle, Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson, The Little Rascals, American Justice, Donald Trump: The Art of the Deal (Biography), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Across the Sea of Time, the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA’s), Anyone for Pennis?, The Beatles: All Together Now, Atlanta 1996: Games of the XXVI Olympiad, and The Associate.
More appearance followed including cameos in Eddie, The Nanny, Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Howard Stern, Broadway Remembers, Suddenly Susan, The Drew Carey Show, Night Man, Celebrity, 54, Spin City, The Roseanne Show, AFI’s 100 Years: 100 Movies: America’s Greatest Movies, New York City: Come Visit the World, and Sex and the City.
Donald Trump continued his television and movie conquest with appearances in The Confession, VH1 Divas Live 2, American Experience, Ruby’s American Pie, Behind the Music, Playboy Video Centerfold: Bernaoloa Twins, Zoolander, The Job, Miss Universe, VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, The Job, Monk, ESPN Sports Century, and Peter Jennings Reporting: In Search of America.
Donald Trump appeared in Two Weeks Notice, ESPN’s Outside The Lines Weekly, Først & sist, Legendary Nights, D Ali G Show, JFK: The Day that Changed America, E! True Hollywood Story, Good Day Live, Newlyweds Nick & Jessica, Candid Camera, The Tony Danza Show, Ellen, The View, Saturday Night Live, The Barbara Walters Special: The Most Fascinating People, and Marmalade.
In 2001, Donald Trump executive produced the Miss Universe pageant, followed by Miss USA in 2002. By 2004, Donald Trump had continued to produce and appear in the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants. He was already established on television and in movies and his fame was well-known.
It seems that NBC’s giving him the show The Apprentice was a perfect fit. Trump was a staple on daytime and nighttime talk shows and appeared in cameos from children’s movies to Playboy specials. He appeared in television specials ranging from sports to beauty and fashion.
Everyone knew Trump and by 2004, there wasn’t any particular reason not to like him. After all, in 2004, the president was George W. Bush, and no one even thought to question Barack Obama about his birth certificate as he hadn’t run for the U.S. Senate yet.
In 2004, Donald Trump was hosting and producing the Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageant’s and began hosting the show The Apprentice.
Just one year later, comments would be made to Access Hollywood, that should they have been made public, would have most likely resulted in Donald Trump’s immediate firing of The Apprentice, put an end to his producing the pageants, and would have put an end to his political aspirations.
The tape is now known as Pu$$ygate. It was made public 11 years after it was filmed and Donald Trump’s words depicting sexual harassment of women were captured on tape.
You may watch the full tape including the comments below.
Had the tape been made public, Donald Trump most assuredly would have been fired just one year after The Apprentice aired. Instead, he hosted the show from 2004-2015. He served as the show’s executive producer since 2008. He executive produced the show in 2017.
Donald Trump executively produced the Miss Universe pageant until 2015 and last served as the executive producer for the Miss USA pageant in 2012.
One must truly ask if Donald Trump would not only have been fired should the Access Hollywood tape went public in 2005, but if he would be the president today.
What do you think? Was a public disservice done by keeping the Access Hollywood Trump Tape hidden for 11 years?