Gingrich on 'The Apprentice'?
March 7th, 2013
03:18 PM ET
10 years ago

Gingrich on 'The Apprentice'?

(CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he's open to the idea of appearing on NBC's "The Apprentice," adding it would be good for Republicans to engage in "shows like that."

"Oh sure," he said, when asked about the idea. "Why not?"

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"I've known the Donald, we've done fundraisers together," Gingrich told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. "I think Republicans would be so much better off to relax and go on shows like that and be interesting."

If Gingrich were to join as a cast member, he might have to wait until 2014. This year's season–the 13th of the series–kicked off Sunday with a Celebrity All-Star theme, featuring past celebrity guests such as Trace Adkins, Stephen Baldwin, Dennis Rodman and Gary Busey.

CNN reached out to a spokesman for Trump for a comment, but the request was not immediately returned.

In the interview Wednesday, Gingrich praised Trump for his ability to draw publicity.

"He knows that some days he's going to look foolish, and some days he's going to look brilliant, but overall you're going to remember his name," he said, adding that the media mogul has done a "remarkable job at branding."

The former presidential candidate has paired up with Trump in the past. When Gingrich was seeking the real estate titan's endorsement for the Republican nomination, Gingrich and Trump met in December 2011 to brainstorm an apprenticeship program for inner-city youth.

"I've asked him to take one of the poorest schools in New York and basically offer at least 10 apprenticeships to kids from that school to get them into the world of work and get them into an opportunity to earn money and get them into the habit of showing up and realizing that effort gets rewarded and that America is all about the work ethic," Gingrich told reporters when the duo publicized the effort.

Trump said he thought "it was a great idea."

"We call it an apprenticeship, and we all know about 'The Apprentice,' so we're going to be doing, we're going to be picking 10 young wonderful children and we're going to make them apprenti," he told reporters. "We're going to have a little fun with it."

Both Gingrich and Trump will also speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference next week in the Washington, D.C. area.

- CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. jj

    I don't watch stupid reality shows. But I remember when Nixon was on Laugh-In and I thought well of him for that.

    March 7, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. dreamer96

    Well since Newt can not go back to FOX News for work...I guess he is willing to take on anything...Newt was paid just how much to get the Medicare Part D bill passed again...One million dollars for lobbying a bill that overpays on drugs for seniors....Oh yeah and he was the Contract with America guy...but took a contract with the big money...

    March 7, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Boo

    Oh great....Tweedledumb and Tweedledumber on the same tv program.....

    March 7, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Kowalski

    I'll bet the ratings for this show are just about the same as the ratings for the fruit ripening segment on the Food Chanel.

    March 7, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Well, they've stopped being "the stupid party" and have moved on to being "the stupidest party".

    March 7, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Republicans; the "Not Intended to be Factually Accurate" Party

    "He`s done a remarkable job branding himself"? Really??

    I guess I could never be a Republican because when some one is a blowhard/fool/resume-inflating con man/ huckster, I find it impossible to praise them for being "remarkable".

    Trump bankrupted 3 casinos in AC. How bad at business do you have to do that? One of them was just sold and the new owners can not DIS-ASSOCIATE themselve from Trump fast enough. Newt, America is done with the Chump.

    March 7, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |

    This pic's caption should be: Dumb and Dumber.

    March 7, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    @Kowalski–that's so funny.

    March 7, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. John

    It just go to show the American people just how stupid this party has become.

    March 7, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I'd like to see Gingrich fired on that. He'd have to work together with people he likely can't stand.

    March 7, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. Wake up People!

    Now how can this be....... I thought the GOP was against Hollywood....... So it's not ok when the dems do it but it's fine when Hollywood is for the GOP..... stupid me.

    I agree with whomever said the caption should read, dumb and dumber.

    March 7, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Ungh. These are two of the top 10 leaders in the Republican Party, folks.

    March 7, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. John S

    Bloviating blowhard – just what Republicans need to showcase themselves. Newt will do anything to stay in the public eye and Trump will put anyone in the public eye. I have never watched the show and don't plan to change.

    March 7, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. Gurgyl

    Who watches?

    March 7, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. kayla

    beavis and butt head more like it

    March 7, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain: We don't have a spending problem; we have a Republican problem

    That's a lot of ego in one room ...

    March 7, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain: We don't have a spending problem; we have a Republican problem

    @SOUTHERN HOTTIE: "This pic's caption should be: Dumb and Dumber."

    How about Smug and Smugger? Tacky and Tackier?

    March 7, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    In the interview Wednesday, Gingrich praised Trump for his ability to draw publicity.
    What a con job. You folks do realize that the new season of the show is starting up this week or next.

    March 7, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. ericgoestoholland

    "Why not?"

    If he has to ask, he'll never know...go get 'em tiger.

    March 7, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    I can't remember ever watching the Apprentice beyond the snippets thrown out through media advertisement, so whoever allows Donald Trump to make a fool of them is fine by me. I suspect those who do cater to Trump don't have a great deal of pride to begin with.

    But, I agree with Rudy. The GOP has become the stupidest political party ever.

    March 7, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. The REAL Truth...

    All I can think of is that the Grinch needs some attention. So sad.. should have stayed home last year Newt.

    March 7, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. JK-MN

    How can 2 egos that size fit? No thanks, not interested.

    March 7, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |