Donald Trump, a man whose orange skin became a source of numerous jokes this election season, mocked a female music star’s physical appearance, particularly her skin, during an unaired moment on the set of “The Apprentice.”
A transcript of behind-the-scenes conversations from a 2010 episode of the reality show, obtained and authenticated by the Huffington Post, reveals the Republican nominee’s obsession with country singer and then-participant Emily West’s skin, along with his concerns that someone might think he’s gay.
In the episode titled “Beauty and Brains,” the contestants had to present a country singer in front of three music industry insiders after improving not just their looks, but their interviewing and promotional skills.
The two teams, one handling Emily West and the other managing singer Luke Bryan, also helped produce brochures and other publicity materials for the performers.
Cyndi Lauper was heading Team West.
As it turns out, during the boardroom session that decided which team did the better job, Trump steered the conversation towards West’s skin.
“I assume you’re gonna leave this off, don’t put this shit on the show, you know. But her skin, her skin sucks, okay?” he said, according to the transcript. “I mean her skin, she needs some serious f******* dermatology.”
The disturbing discussion went on for a couple more minutes before the board moved on to Bryan, who has since become a famous country star.
“Personally, I am, as you probably heard, not a gay man, but I think he’s better-looking [than] Emily, OK?” Trump said.
When country singer Trace Adkins, a guest judge on the episode, opined that West’s team did a better brochure than Bryan’s, Trump interrupted him.
“You’re obviously not a skin man,” he exclaimed before adding, “I wish I wasn’t.”
Lauper also confirmed that Trump had said all of those things during the filming of the episode.
“Yes, of course [he said that],” she told Huffington Post. “Of all people to talk about people’s skin, what the hell is going on with his?”
Although these revelations might not be as shocking as the recently leaked 2005 audio where the media mogul bragged about his fame that allows him to molest and grab women, but they further illustrate the White House hopeful’s derogatory attitude towards women.
Due to a non-disclosure agreement and $5 million penalty for violation, “Apprentice” producer Mark Burnett is legally unable to release any material from the show. However, a former staff member has said there is “far worse” information in show transcripts.
Banner and thumbnail credit: Reuters, Kevin Lamarque