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July 28, 2004

Donald Trump Also Faces Higher Bandwidth Costs; Needs $18 Mil Per Apprentice Episode

The cajones on this guy. I'm torn between calling him an asshole and calling him the coolest man who ever lived:

Donald Trump, who picked up $50,000 per show last season, now wants a modest raise to $18 million per episode of his runaway hit show "The Apprentice."

The real estate mogul turned TV star based his $18 million demand on the salaries paid to the six actors in "Friends," who each got about $1.5 million per show.

Trump's math: Since the Donald is the only star of his show, as far as he can tell, he figures he's entitled to $1.5M x 6, or $9 million.

Then he realized that his show runs a full hour and "Friends" runs for only half hour, so he is not facetiously asking for $18 million a show.

In related news, Bill Gates just pitched his own reality show, The Quest, wherein he will "take a group of complete strangers from all walks of life" and Dungeon-Master (or DM) them all the way from first to 20th level. "It's a can't-miss concept," a producer attached to the project said. "You've got the raw animal charisma of Bill Gates. You've got orcs. You've got gnolls. You've got other humanoid monsters which are neither orcs nor gnolls. It's like Survivor, except with graph paper."

Gates is said to have already trademarked his catch-phrase, "You failed your saving throw against eviction," which he'll say to one player per week as he dismisses them from the campaign. Contestants will compete for $100,000 and a voice-over role in the upcoming PC game, Zork X-treme: The Vengeance of Nerris Vranj.

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