Penn Jillette talks Trump tapes

Lawrence Kim
August 18, 2018

"[Trump] would say racially insensitive things that made me uncomfortable", Jillette told Vulture, an entertainment website, in an expansive interview published Tuesday.

"He would ask one cast member if he'd rather have sex with this woman or that woman", Jillette continued, acknowledging he doesn't remember exact details from six years ago.

Jillette and Manigault-Newman aren't the only former "Celebrity Apprentice" stars to suggest that tapes of Trump using racist language exist.

Jillette, who appeared on "Celebrity Apprentice" in 2013, said the billionaire real estate developer would hold court during breaks in the taping and expound on different subjects and ask people sometimes cringe-worthy questions.

"He would say racially insensitive things that made me uncomfortable", Jillette, the other half of the magic team Penn & Teller told NY magazine's Vulture. Comedian and former contestant Tom Arnold also said that Trump used the racist epithet, but that people are too afraid of violating a confidentiality agreement to release the tapes.

However, Mr. Jillette stated he wouldn't share his memory of what the president actually said, because he was an "unreliable narrator". "By me commenting or you covering the story, it simply adds fuel and attention to tomfoolery". Don Junior said - and I'm proud of this - that of everybody who had been on Celebrity Apprentice, I was the one who enjoyed it the most. You've heard Trump ramble when he thinks he's being careful. But the stakes are now high and I am an unreliable narrator...

Manigault Newman continued to stir the pot Tuesday, providing CBS another audio recording that she said showed campaign workers discussing the alleged recording. But he explained tapes of any conversations might remove context around the wild, unfettered environment that is reality television. He claimed there are no tapes of him using a racial slur during production of the reality TV series. By the way, I didn't enjoy it. He said Manigault Newman had called him "a true champion of civil rights" until she was sacked. And I said, "I made a movie called The Aristocrats".

"I like people when they don't have filters". I like Tiny TimA very odd, not-so-tiny ukulele player with a high vocal range who become briefly famous in the late '60s. I like Neil Young.

Trump himself referred to an "Apprentice" alum - his business partner Mark Burnett - as proof of his innocence. I love the Beat poets. But I'm also happy to hear Charlie Manson talk.

Here's an excerpt from the interview, which you can read in full here.

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