In a radio interview Friday on the Dori Monson Show on KIRO, comedian Tom Arnold said he has unreleased Celebrity Apprentice outtakes featuring President-elect Donald Trump saying racial slurs and insulting his own son.
"It was him sitting in that chair saying the N-word, saying the C-word, calling his son a retard, just being so mean to his own children," Arnold told the radio show.
Arnold said he didn't leak the tape because "when the people sent it to me, it was funny." He also said the producers who created the video compilation and shared it with "hundreds of people" had become afraid of retaliation if the video leaked:
The Sunday before the election, I get a call from Arnold's [Schwarzenegger] CAA agent, sitting next to Hillary Clinton. They said, 'I need you to release him saying the N-word.' I said, 'Well, now these people — two editors and an associate producer — are scared to death. They're scared of his people, they're scared of they'll never work again, there's a $5 million confidentiality agreement.
The tape had been rumored to exist prior to the 2016 presidential election, but a source close to Apprentice producer Mark Burnett said he "has made clear to his teams that he will sue anyone who leaks."
In a series of now-deleted tweets, television producer Chris Nee attempted to grab the attention of billionaire Mark Cuban, who opposes Trump, hoping he would offer to pay the $5 million legal fees and fines for anyone who leaked the tapes.
Hey @mcuban — offer to pay the legal fees and fines of anyone who produces the hot mic tapes from #TheApprentice — last few seasons will do
@mcuban the price is 5 million to cover the penalty fee. And we all get to hear him use the N-word from what I hear https://t.co/IsmJvHHL1K
I don't have the tapes. I've signed a Burnett contract and know leak fee is $5 million. Hearing from producers/crew N word is the "much worse."
Beyond Arnold's allegations and Nee's tweets, there is no evidence verifying the existence of the compilation Arnold allegedly has in his possession.
Trump has been accused before of using racial slurs during the filming of the Apprentice. Producers said prior to the election that Trump repeatedly called rapper Lil Jon "Uncle Tom" while filming the reality show. Lil Jon released a statement on Twitter confirming the story, but a Trump spokesperson told the Daily Beast the allegations were "simply untrue."
After Arnold's comments on the Dori Monson Show, he was criticized for withholding the tapes and not sharing information about them before the election — and people demanded for the tape's release.
According to Arnold, "hundreds of people" have seen the video compilation and that "it was funny" at the time, when it seemed unlikely that Trump would be president.
Dori Monson, the radio show's host, said if the tape had been leaked, "it absolutely would've finished him" — but according to Arnold, that wouldn't have been the case:
I don't think so. I think if the people that like him saw him saying the n-word — he's sitting matter-of-factly in front of, there has to be 30 people there — and he's matter-of-factly saying all this stuff. So I think they would have liked him more, the people. For being politically incorrect.
Dec. 20, 10:03 a.m.: This story has been updated