AS Donald Trump looks set to be dumped out of the White House, one thing is for sure – he will not be disappearing from our TV screens.
After four rollercoaster years as American history’s most entertaining president, the question on everyone’s lips is what’s next for the Don?
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Donald Trump has often hinted he would like to launch his own news network[/caption]
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One thing most agree on is the fact it is highly unlikely the high-profile tycoon will quietly retire to his apartment in Trump Towers like a modern day Howard Hughes.
After all, he was a BIG star long before his decided to dip his toe into the murky world of politics.
And although some say he may be planning an election re-run in 2024, a much more tantalizing development is his rumored plan to set up a rival to Fox News.
Other reports claim Trump is even looking to bring back his hit show The Apprentice in a bid to turn voters into viewers.
So that means we could be seeing just as much of the president as we do now!
Few details have emerged about any potential plans for a news operation, but Trump has made no secret of the fact he is thinking about taking the plunge into media.
And just last month it was claimed son-in-law Jared Kushner had been talking up the idea of starting a Trump-themed news outlet.
The news plan rumors have now re-emerged after the president was left raging at Fox when it became the first network to call Arizona for Joe Biden.
Trump and his advisers are said to have erupted at the election report as it ended any claim of victory the president could make.
However, Trump’s relationship with the network has been been wavering for the last two years.
It is a period in which he has strongly hinted he may launch his own independent news operation.
On April 26, he tweeted: “The people who are watching @FoxNews, in record numbers (thank you President Trump), are angry. They want an alternative now. So do I!”
He had earlier lashed out at the network claiming it was being fed “Democrat talking points.”
Fox bosses say they would welcome the competition from the president[/caption]
Then in July he branded the network “not even watchable” adding it “totally forgot who got them where they are.”.
However, despite his complaints, the network is home to some of his most vociferous defenders – including Sean Hannity and Fox and Friends.
Rumors that Trump – who is said to be consumed by ratings – would like to launch his own channel have followed him since he first announced his candidacy.
And Vanity Fair reported he entered into discussions over the possibility of launching a “mini-media conglomerate” as far back as 2016.
He would have plenty of time on his hands – and millions of new fans waiting to follow his next project.
And the bosses at Fox News have no problem with a rival news and opinion brand led by Trump, reports Deadline.
“We love competition,” CEO of Fox Corp Lachlan Murdoch said in response to a direct question from an analyst about Trump’s future.
“We have always thrived with competition. … The only difference today versus some years ago is as our audience has grown and our reach has grown, we see our competition as no longer only cable news providers but also as the traditional broadcast networks.”
Fox is home to some of the president’s most vociferous defenders – including Sean Hannity[/caption]
The popular president is no stranger to the world of TV[/caption]
Trump’s move into news would come as he looks set to join the ignominious list of one-term presidents which includes Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush.
Last year, Trump’s news ambitions were also highlighted following a string of run-ins with journalists over his ongoing claims of “fake news.”
“CNN is a voice that really seems to be the voice out there and it’s a terrible thing for our country,” he said at the time.
“We ought to start our own network and put some real news out there, because they are so bad for our country.”
“We’re looking at that. We should do something about it, too,” he added.
“Put some really talented people and get a real voice out there, not a voice that’s fake.”
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It was not the first time the president has floated the idea of an alternative news service to what he deems the “enemy of the people.”
In 2018 he tweeted about the creation of a “Worldwide Network to show the World the way we really are,” as opposed to what he called CNN’s “unfair” coverage.
“CNN outside of the United States is much more important than it is in the United States,” Trump wrote.
“And a lot of what you see here is broadcast throughout the world. And that’s not working out too well.”
The president is no stranger to the world of TV after becoming a huge star while fronting The Apprentice.
Trump once joked he’ll disappear and play golf if he lost[/caption]
Others believe he will plough his effort into rebuilding his business empire[/caption]
It ran for 15 seasons at one point averaging an incredible 21 million viewers.
The show’s former publicity manager Jim Dowd once told PBS’s Frontline that Trump was always trying to find out how many people were watching.
“He knew nothing about Nielsen ratings,” Dowd said. “Within a week, he started to really study up.
“When he studies up on something that involves numbers and entertainment, then he’s going to really kind of let that sink in.
“And we’d have calls every single day after [a show aired], he’d usually start calling at eight in the morning, but the ratings don’t come in until 10.”
It is this obsession with ratings which may see the president get involved in another reality show.
And the Daily Beast reported that Trump and ‘Apprentice’ creator Mark Burnett had been brainstorming a reboot for when the president leaves office.
“There have been several discussions between Burnett and Trump about ‘The Apprentice: White House,’” a source said.
“It is something Burnett thinks could be a money-spinner and Trump is very keen on doing.”
The White House did not comment for The Daily Beast’s report at the time.
Others say the President will run again in 2024 if he goes on to lose to Joe Biden.
However, that would have to be approved by the rest of the Republican party.
Many believe he will plough his effort into rebuilding his massive business and property empire.
In 2017, he announced he had handed over his business empire to his sons, Donald Jr and Eric now he was president.
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Before the 2016 election, Trump joked if he lose he would disappear to Scotland and play golf.
He said: “I’m not sure you’re ever going to see me there. I don’t think I’m going to lose, but if I do, I don’t think you’re ever going to see me again, folks.
“I think I’ll go to Turnberry and play golf or something.”