*Macy’s has no intention of firing Donald Trump as a spokesman, and NBC says the billionaire would have to do “something pretty terrible” to cancel his “Celebrity Apprentice” series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Democratic activist Angelo Carusone gathered more than 650,000 signatures with MoveOn.org calling for Trump’s removal from Macy’s because of his Election Night tweets in which he deemed President Obama’s re-election “a total sham and a travesty” and said: “Let’s fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us.”
According to the online petition, “Macy’s says it has a strong obligation to be ‘socially responsible,’ and ‘actions speak louder than words.’ ”
Meanwhile, NBC execs, wondering whether Carusone will target them next, are moving forward with another season of “Celebrity Apprentice,” set to return in March.
One high-level NBC insider tells THR the petition controversy might boost the show’s ratings, which dipped last season. To dump Trump, the insider says, “he’d have to do something pretty terrible, like join the KKK. Just being a silly Republican isn’t a firing offense.”