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The Apprentice Cast and Crew Say Donald Trump Was a Sexist Boor On Set

Insiders from Trump's NBC show have come forward about the candidate's inappropriate behavior

Liam Mathews

Presidential candidate Donald Trump's sexist and degrading behavior towards women was also prevalent during his years as a reality TV show host, according to an Associated Press report.

The AP talked to more than 20 crew members and contestants from Trump's NBC competition show The Apprentice, who described a pattern of sexually inappropriate behavior by the GOP nominee, including asking male contestants if they would have sex with female contestants in front of those female contestants, asking women their breast size, and repeatedly making a female camera operator uncomfortable by talking about how attracted he was to her and comparing her to his daughter Ivanka.

While some of the former contestants and crew members had positive things to say about Trump and his professionalism, the AP story has a laundry list of anecdotes about Trump's sexism, many of which were comments made while the cameras were rolling. NBC and The Apprentice producer Mark Burnett did not respond to the AP's requests for comment or to release footage of Trump's comments.

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The Trump campaign has denied the claims. "These outlandish, unsubstantiated, and totally false claims fabricated by publicity hungry, opportunistic, disgruntled former employees, have no merit whatsoever," Hope Hicks, Trump's campaign spokeswoman, said in a statement. "The Apprentice was one of the most successful prime-time television shows of all time and employed hundreds of people over many years, many of whom support Mr. Trump's candidacy."

In the years since The Apprentice, Trump has continued to say inappropriate things to and about women, such as implying that Fox News' Megyn Kelly asked him difficult questions during a primary debate because she was menstruating.