Throughout a current interview with PEOPLE, TheView co-host mentioned off-hand how the president and former TV star once personally referred to as her to try to recruit her for his NBC show.
“I used to be requested to be on The Apprentice several occasions and stated no,” McCain recollects.
Once, she says, “He left a voice message and I didn’t name again. I didn’t need to be an Apprentice. Like, the entire thing, I didn’t like all of it.”
It was several years in the past, so she doesn’t keep in mind all the small print, but she says Trump had referred to as her about showing on the present sometime after 2009, when she was writing for The Day by day Beast following her late father Sen. John McCain‘s 2008 presidential bid.
“I assumed it was a dumb show,” Meghan, 35, says. “No offense.” She notes, virtually wryly: “My pricey shut pal Clay Aiken got here in second, so I shouldn’t speak too much s— about it.”
Whereas The Apprentice launched in 2004 with aspiring entrepreneurs vying for a spot at Trump’s actual property company, it morphed in later years into a star model. American Idol‘s Aiken competed, as did singer Hint Adkins, comedian Joan Rivers and others.
(A Trump Organization spokeswoman did not reply to a request for comment about Meghan being asked to be on The Apprentice; the White Home had no comment.)
Meghan says the Apprentice pitch was not the one time Trump referred to as her: He also reached out in the wake of considered one of his many criticisms of her father, who was a daily Trump detractor and famously voted towards Trump’s push to repeal the Reasonably priced Care Act. Trump has continued to assault Sen. McCain even after his dying from brain cancer final yr.
After one such dust-up, “He referred to as to say that it was pretend news,” in accordance with Meghan.
“I listened after which stated, ‘Goodbye.’ It was not terribly revelatory,” she says. “And then it took all of six weeks to say something nasty again.”
Meghan, in flip, hasn’t hesitated in defending her dad, speaking out about it typically on The View.
Trump “spends his weekend obsessing over nice men because he knows it and I do know it and all of you already know it: He will never be a fantastic man,” Meghan stated in an episode in March. “I genuinely feel dangerous for his household.”
Talking with PEOPLE, Meghan says her mother and father wouldn’t have let her appear on The Apprentice anyhow, back when Trump referred to as to ask her. Personally, she’s “an enormous shopper of all reality television.” However her on-camera time proper now's enough.
“I don’t do reality TV. It’s a hard no,” she says.
“I don’t need a digital camera on me all the time, I’m a lot — one hour a day is just positive.”