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Exec. Producer of 'The Apprentice': 'Never Been a Supporter of Donald Trump’s Candidacy’

Donald Trump, seeking contestants for "The Apprentice" television show, is interviewed at Universal Studios Hollywood Friday, July 9, 2004, in the Universal City section of Los Angeles. Trump is casting for "The Apprentice" the third season. (AP Photo/Ric Francis)

Mark Burnett, the executive producer of Donald Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice,” wants you to know he has never been a supporter of Donald Trump for President.

“Given all of the false media reports, I feel compelled to clarify a few points,” he said in a statement to POLITICO Wednesday. “I am not now and have never been a supporter of Donald Trump’s candidacy. I am NOT ‘Pro-Trump.’ Further, my wife and I reject the hatred, division and misogyny that has been a very unfortunate part of his campaign.”

Politico also reported that Burnett has “long been privately appalled” by Trump’s presidential campaign.

Burnett makes his remarks amid calls to release more “hot mic” type video and audio clips of Trump from the show for political fodder in the 2016 presidential campaign.

“MGM, not Mark Burnett, owns ‘The Apprentice,’” Marvin Putnam, MGM’s legal counsel, wrote in a statement. “MGM has agreements with artists across a wide spectrum of creative properties, including ‘The Apprentice.’ These agreements typically contain provisions related to confidentiality and artist’s rights. MGM has every intention of complying with its agreements with artists and honoring their rights, including with respect to ‘The Apprentice.’”

Liberal attorney Gloria Allred and other Clinton-supporting interest groups have called for the release of more tapes.