Michael Moore claims that Donald Trump decided to run for president because he was embittered by the $ 10 million NBC check from Gwen Stefani.
The filmmaker, who will premiere his latest documentary Fahrenheit 11/9 at the Toronto Film Festival this week, says that Trump decided to announce his candidacy after learning that the network was paying the pop star the huge amount of money that appeared in The Voice.
Trump was negotiating his own contract with NBC as to whether or not he would appear in season 15 of The Apprentice in the weeks leading up to his participation in the Republican primary on June 16, 2015.
What you're waiting for: Michael Moore tells The Hollywood Reporter that President Trump announced his presidency after learning of the $ 10M voice contract from Gwen Stefani (Stefani and her ex-husband Gavin Rossdale with The Trumps in 2005)
Excuse me sir: I was making less money for his host duties in The Apprentice and he thought the news would prove his popularity to the claims of NBC Moore (Stefani in The Voice in 2015)
Tragic Kingdom: At that time The Apprentice had been approved for the fifteenth season, but Trump had not signed to return as a presenter of the program (Trump announced his participation in June 2015)
"He had been talking about running for president since 1988, but he really did not want to be president, there's no attic in the White House, and he does not want to live in a black city," Moore said.
"I was trying to pit NBC against another network, but it just derailed."
One of the first things Trump did after announcing that he would seek an office was to reveal how much money he earned in The Apprentice.
The Republican contender then stated that his net worth was $ 10 billion, and he personally claimed that just under $ 215 million of his fortune was courtesy of The Apprentice.
That would mean that Trump averaged approximately $ 15 million for each of the 14 seasons of the series so far, which is 50 percent more than Stefani.
However, unlike Stefani, Trump also served as executive producer on the show and played a much more important role behind the scenes.
The financial disclosure forms that he published soon after did not provide any real support for these claims, however, they showed less than $ 5 million in program revenue.
It is not yet clear if Trump has a stake in the ownership of the program, which eventually led Arnold Schwarzenegger to replace the host turned politician.
Do not talk: NBC and The White House have not yet responded to requests for comments
The numbers decreased when the show returned for season 15, with Trump still on board as an executive producer in a vanity role that did not remove any real work.
The opening episode got 4.95 million viewers, and its final raised only 3.5 million, both obtained less than the last episode with the helm of Trump, which received 6.1 million viewers.
Overall, the season had an average audience of 4.9 million, considerably less than the 7.6 million from the previous season.
News of the rocky start of the first episode led Trump to make sarcastic comments about the performance of his replacement.
"Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger is?" flooded (or destroyed) compared to the rating machine, DJT, & # 39; Trump tweeted on January 6 & # 39; So much for being a movie star, and that was season 1 compared to season 14. Now compare it with my season 1. & # 39;
Former California Governor Schwarzenegger answered a Twitter video saying: "Hi Donald, I have a great idea: why do not we change jobs?
"You take television because you're such an expert in classifications, and I assume your work, so people can finally sleep comfortably again."
When the show was not picked up for season 16, Trump lashed out at the terminator's star and claimed he was fired because of "pathetic qualifications."
NBC did not respond to requests for comments.