2.27.2006

MISC: Trump, Stewart face off in verbal judo

via USAToday -

..."Having two Apprentices was as unfair to him as it was unfair to me," she told Newsweek. "But Donald really wanted to stay on."

Trump's blunt response asks Stewart to take responsibility for her "failed show."

"Your performance was terrible in that the show lacked mood, temperament and just about everything a show needs for success," he wrote. "I knew it would fail as soon as I first saw it - and your low ratings bore me out."

Ouch.

"Between your daughter, with her one-word statements, your letter writing and, most importantly, your totally unconvincing demeanor, it never had a chance - much as your daytime show is not exactly setting records," he wrote.

Then he really told her what he thought.

"Essentially, you made this firing up just as you made up your sell order of ImClone," said Trump, who claimed NBC did not intend to fire him on Stewart's show...

"The letter is so mean-spirited and reckless that I almost can't believe my longtime friend Donald Trump wrote it," she stated...

Trump fired back on CNBC's The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, saying repeatedly that he is upset because he was "her number one advocate...and what does she do? She blames me for her show's failure."

Asked about Stewart's comments that Trump was to be fired from The Apprentice, Burnett, also appearing on Big Idea, said, "Lots of ideas are bounced around, and Martha had lots of ideas. My job is to sit and listen to them, but, really, why would NBC ever do that?"

Category: C++ Quant > Random Walk

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