Thursday, February 3, 2005

Ex-Cons Are Welcome On Martha Stewart’s ‘Apprentice’

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – NBC announced yesterday (Feb. 2) that Martha Stewart will host a domestic spinoff of The Apprentice, and ex-convicts are free to apply.

That’s according to producer Mark Burnett, who along with Donald Trump and NBC execs delivered the news.

The show won’t start filming until Stewart is released from prison but could begin while she remains under house arrest.

Stewart will be the first Apprentice host to have served a prison term, and Burnett says there is “no policy about someone who has a criminal record” being prevented from being a contestant.

In his words, “I came to this country and what I learned, leaving Europe for the United States, this is a country when you have a problem, whether it’s a bankruptcy or criminal or civil, you pay your price and Americans allow you to move on. That’s what makes it the greatest country in the world.”

But having a conviction won’t help. Burnett says, “No, we are not specifically looking for people with spotty pasts.”

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