Heather Mills Fired From ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Before Show Begins
First Published: September 10, 2008 2:55 PM EDT Credit: Access Hollywood
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- It appears Heather Mills has been “fired” before she ever set foot in Donald Trump’s boardroom.
Plans for the former model-turned-activist to join the cast of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” went awry according to Britain’s The Sun after the ex-Mrs. Paul McCartney reportedly insisted she be guaranteed a place in the finals of the reality show.
“The network was originally very keen on getting her involved,” an NBC source reportedly told the newspaper. “They thought it would be a clever move, attracting lots of publicity for the show… But her demands were ludicrous and it soon became clear that getting her involved would be a headache.”
The source claimed that the breaking point for “Celebrity Apprentice” producers concerned Mills’ insistence that her contract include a clause that would see her make it past boardroom elimination after boardroom elimination, all the way to the finals.
“It was the final straw when she said she wouldn’t take part unless she was a dead cert for the final — even after it was explained that wasn’t how the show worked,” the source said. “She was politely informed that NBC wouldn’t be following up their interest in her appearing.”
A source close to the show told Access, they do not engage in discussions about the finals with anyone.
“There are no deals about who will make the finals,” the source told Access. “The show is not fixed. Trump fires whomever he wants to.”
And it appears there is no chance for Mills to join celebrity contenders for the new season.
“Yes, there were talks with Heather Mills,” the show source said. “She did not make the final list.”
A rep for Mills was not immediately available for comment.
In related news, Mills is reportedly writing a fiction book about a woman who marries a rock star, according to the Telegraph newspaper.
Mills is under a gag order to not reveal information about her marriage to McCartney, but a source said the book would pair up people who bear similarities to the former couple.
“Heather has written the treatment for a novel about a model and campaigner who marries the most famous rock star in the world,” the source told the paper. “She will be marketing the book as a work of fiction. But it doesn’t take a genius to realize what is really behind this book — the thing which infuriated her the most about the divorce was that she was gagged from ever telling her side of the marriage.”
Mills and McCartney’s divorce was finalized earlier this summer. A British judge awarded her close to $50 million in the split.
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