In one of the more unexpected moments to come out of the third (and thankfully final) debate between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, Trump asserted that the Emmy Awards may have been rigged against his popular NBC reality series “The Apprentice” to allow CBS’s “The Amazing Race” to win the coveted trophy. Do YOU think that the Emmys were rigged against “The Apprentice”? Vote in our poll below.
“I got screwed out of an Emmy,” recalled Trump on a 2015 episode of “Celebrity Apprentice” about the infamous 2004 Emmys when the breakout first season of “The Apprentice” lost Best Reality-Competition Series to “The Amazing Race.” “Everybody thought I was gonna win it. In fact, when they announced the winner, I stood up before the winner was announced. And I started walking for the Emmy. And then they announced the most boring show on television, ‘The Amazing Race.’ Piece of crap.”
“The Amazing Race” went on to win a total of 10 Emmys for Best Reality-Competition Series so far, compared to zero for “The Apprentice.” If Trump is correct that there was rigging at the Emmy Awards, that explains why his two shows lost a total of nine trophies in the 2000s in various races — eight losses for “The Apprentice,” one loss for spinoff “Celebrity Apprentice.” Be sure to vote in our poll below about your thoughts on this hot topic.
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