Donald Trump, business dealmaker-turned-TV superstar, has negotiated a big pay raise for the next two editions of “The Apprentice,” the NBC reality TV series in which he stars, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.
The paper said Trump confirmed he was making about $50,000 an episode for the current series in which a group of aspiring young executives vie for a job running one of his companies.
Citing sources, the Times reported that figure would “at least” double for upcoming versions.
Scheduled to return for two 16-episode runs in the 2004-2005 season, “The Apprentice” has been a Thursday-night ratings savior for NBC (MSNBC is a joint venture between NBC and Microsoft).
Trump has sought to trademark his catchphrase from the show, “You’re fired,” and last week NBC said it would sell official “Apprentice” merchandise featuring the phrase, including shirts and mugs.
Trump’s per-show salary, the paper said, does not include his cut of merchandising or producing fees for the show.