August 31, 2006

Trump tells “Apprentice” sidekick “you’re fired”

NEW YORK (Reuters) - She's fired!

Carolyn Kepcher, a Trump organization executive famous for
her role as a tough-talking judge on the hit television reality
show "The Apprentice," is being replaced on the show by his
daughter and is no longer with the company, a Trump
representative said on Thursday.

The representative declined further comment, but the New
York Post said Donald Trump's TV sidekick was fired after
spending too much time cultivating her own celebrity with
speaking engagements.

Kepcher had been with the real estate mogul for more than
10 years, most recently serving as chief operating officer of
Trump National Golf Club in Westchester, New York, and helping
manage another Trump golf club in New Jersey.

In an e-mailed statement from a representative, Kepcher
said, "Donald and I had different visions for my future role in
the company."

She also said she was grateful for the opportunities she
had had with the Trump organization and is confident she is
well prepared for future endeavors.

Trump's daughter, Ivanka, will replace Kepcher on NBC's
"The Apprentice," and his son, Donald Jr., will replace the
show's other judge, George Ross, the Post said.

Trump would confer with Kepcher and Ross each week before
deciding which corporate wannabe seeking a full-time job with
Trump would have to hear his curt signature phrase, "You're

Ross, a 78-year-old real estate lawyer, remains with the
Trump organization, a Trump spokeswoman said.

As well as cashing in on her Apprentice fame through
speaking engagements, Kepcher wrote a book, "Carolyn 101:
Business Lessons from The Apprentice's Straight Shooter."

Phone calls to Kepcher's representatives were not
immediately returned.