Living under a Donald Trump presidency already feels like a warped reality.
And according to a producer who worked on the first two seasons of The Apprentice, network television had done just that to make it's starring businessman seem successful when he really wasn't!
Emmy-winning reality TV producer Bill Pruitt, who has worked on The Amazing Race and Deadliest Catch, said Trump's real estate empire was crumbling when he was cast as the boardroom boss on NBC's reality show.
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However, the popular business competition painted Trump as a successful businessman, a ratings "scam" Pruitt says permanently altered public perception of the "buffoon."
Speaking to Vanity Fair, he explained:
"The Apprentice was a scam put forth to the public in exchange for ratings. We were ‘entertaining,' and the story about Donald Trump and his stature fell into some bizarre public record as ‘truth.'"
In fact, Pruitt says the reality TV illusion of Trump was so successful, it ultimately led to his rise in politics and got him all the way to the White House!