Skip to comments.TMZ Exclusive: Trump To Nobel Panel - "You're Fired!"
Posted on 10/11/2009 5:13:56 AM PDT by frankenMonkey
|TMZ Exclusive: Trump To Nobel Panel - "You're Fired!"
Changes Format to Reality Show - Adds Paula Abdul as Judge
| Oct 11, 2009 - New York, NY: Donald Trump, American business magnate, socialite, author and television personality, assumed full control of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee and its functions late Saturday evening, sources have informed TMZ. Trump, Chairman and CEO of the Trump Organization, a US-based real-estate developer, serves as host and executive producer of his own NBC reality show, The Apprentice.
After witnessing the botched awarding of this year's prize to President Barack Obama of the United States, an irate Trump purchased all rights to the Nobel Committee's Norwegian-based operations. It is unclear whether Trump approved of the committee's choice of Obama. Regardless, the committee's five members have been relieved of all duties, and Trump announced that three celebrities will serve as judges in next year's reality-based format.
Joining already signed judges Whoopi Goldberg and Perez Hilton - a perennial Trump favorite - is perhaps the most widely sought after celebrity judge of recent history - Paula Abdul, late of American Idol fame. (Ed Note: Abdul was not available for comment Saturday evening.)
The format of the new Nobel show is under development, but sources have confirmed that it will not be similar to Trump's existing "Apprentice" but will include on-stage performances and live audience voting, much like Fremantle Media's American Idol. The American television network NBC (National Broadcasting Network, part of media company NBC Universal, a unit of General Electric and Vivendi), earlier today committed to airing 16 episodes for the 2010 season. NBC currently airs Trump's Apprentice.
When asked if Obama would be eligible for next year's prize, Trump stated, "Sure. I think he'll do OK with the questions, swimsuit competition might be tough, though. And he'll need some form of identification - we require that of all contestants."
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs declined comment.
New York Times writer Adam Clymer contributed to this article.
"They blew it big time!" blasts The Donald, adding, "I've done Miss America, Miss Universe, Reality TV - we can do it right, and give this Peace Prize contest its proper place in our culture."
Pictured below: Next season's Nobel Peace Prize Celebrity Judges Paula Abdul, Whoopi Goldberg, and Perez Hilton.
(Credit AP News Photo Services)
Is this the same Donald Trump who let Khadaffy set up a tent in his back yard the other week?
I wish someone would do this, there needs to be a prestigious prize to individuals that actually do something good for America. The Nobel needs to be replaced and surpassed by something else without a bunch of monkeys on the committee making the decisions.
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