Trump was a reality star before becoming president, filming for hundreds of hours in the 14 seasons in which he hosted "The Apprentice."
In addition to the hours of footage that were used in the final product there have been countless hours of outtake that have never aired, and those tapes have earned something of a mythical status.
Rumors swirled by the election about what these outtakes could hold, and speculation was back in the spotlight week when the former villain of the show Omarosa Manigualt-Newman added new fuel to the flame.
states that the tapes include one in which Trump u the word n, although Trump has repeatedly denied this accusation.
Here is a rundown of the mystery of the alleged Trump tapes.
During the campaign: October 2016
On October 7, just a month before the election, Trump's campaign was shaken by the release of an old Trump audio recording, but it was not a outtake of "The Apprentice."
The tape was taken from a 2005 Trump appearance made on "Access Hollywood," and during some off-camera moments that were recorded, Trump is heard having a lewd conversation with host Billy Bush about groping women .
The tape marked a low point for the controversy campaign, and Trump released an excuse movie the next day.
"Anyone who knows me knows that these words do not reflect who they are", he said in the video posted on Facebook on October 8th. "I said, I was wrong and I apologize."
On the same day, Bill Pruitt, a former producer of "The Apprentice", made it clear that the "Access Hollywood" tape was not just because of a different side of Trump.
"As a producer of seasons 1 and 2 of #theapprentice I assure you: when it comes to #trumptapes there are much worse. #Justthebegininng," he tweeted.
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Any outtake of "The Apprentice" was owned by the production company Mark Burnett, owned by MGM. Burnett issued a joint statement on October 10, 2016, saying that he is technically compliant with MGM and the terms of some of his contracts if any footage could be published.
"Despite declaring the opposite, Mark Burnett does not have the ability nor the right to publish footage or other material from The Apprentice.Many contractual and legal requirements also limit MGM's ability to release such material", said the joint declaration.
The statement also addressed "recent allegations" that Burnett has threatened a lawsuit against anyone who is able to filter out any questionable material, saying these suggestions are "unequivocally false".
Three days later, another clue to the content of the outtake came to light as reported by The Daily Beast that the rapper Lil & # 39; Jon, who was an Apprentice competitor, said he was called "Uncle Tom "by Trump during filming.
According to the article, the rapper dressed as Uncle Sam for one of the show's challenges, and instead of referring to the patriotic character, Trump called the musician "Uncle Tom", a derogatory term for African Americans seen as submissive in action that originated from the abolitionist novel "Uncle Tom & # 39; s Cabin."
Lil & # 39; Jon confirmed the incident, making a statement on Twitter: "When this incident of" Uncle Tom "happened on" Celebrity Apprentice "in the hall of the different councils of my castmates and I immediately turned to Mr. Trump when we heard the comment, I can not say whether he knew what he was actually saying or not, but stopped using that term once we explained that it was offensive. "
After the elections: December 2016
The alleged tapes returned to the news cycle in December of that year, a month after Trump won the election.
Comedian and actor Tom Arnold told a radio show he saw a tape that showed Trump using any number of ligatures, including the word n.
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When asked by the host why the tapes were never leaked, Arnold says it was because no one expected Trump to become president.
"I'll tell you why, because when people sent it to me It was fun, as hundreds of people saw these videos. It was a sort of Christmas video they put together. It would not be President of the United States. He was sitting on that chair saying the word N, saying the word C, calling his son a retarded, being so mean with his children Oh, this is so funny, this is this guy, "Arnold told KIRO.
Arnold said that a confidant of Hillary Clinton called him on the Sunday before the presidential election, imploring him to release the tapes.
"They said:" I need you to release it by saying the word N & # 39; I said, "Well, now these people – two publishers and an associate producer – are scared to death. of his people, they are afraid they will never work again, it's a $ 5 million privacy agreement, "Arnold said on the radio show.
After the interview was forwarded, Arnold tweeted that his wife said their home phone had a voice message "from Trump Camp on defamation suit so it's on! Open Apprentice vaults 4 discovery! Miss Universe !! "
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During the Administration: August 2018
Prior to the release of his book, Manigault-Newman shared extracts of his book, including one in which he wrote that he had spoken "three sources in three separate conversations" [who] had described the contents of this tape. "
"Everyone told me that President Trump had not just launched a single bomb in N-word, he had said it several times during the recording of the show during the off-stage, especially during the first season of" The Apprentice ", "he wrote, according to an excerpt.
Political consultant Frank Luntz tweeted on October 10th, which was included in his book, with Manigault-Newman saying he heard from someone who heard from me that I heard Trump use the N-word . Not only is it false (I've never heard of such a thing), but Omarosa has not even tried to call me or send me an e-mail to verify. Very poor work. "
I am in the book of @Omarosa on page 149. He claims to have heard from someone who has heard from me that I have heard Trump use the word N.  Not only is this flat false -out (I've never heard of such a thing), but Omarosa has not even tried to call me or send me an email to check in. A very poor job
– Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz 10 August 2018
On 13 August, Trump himself weighed, denying that he had the word "in my vocabulary" and slamming Manigault-Newman
". @ MarkBurnettTV called to say that there are NO Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa.I do not have this word in my vocabulary, and I've never had it.You have invented.You look at your MANY recent quotes that say wonderful and powerful things about me – a true civil rights champion – until he was a lic enziata. Omarosa had Zero credibility with the media (they did not want interviews) when he worked at the White House. Now that you say bad about me, they will talk to you. Fake News! "Trump wrote in two tweets
. @MarkBurnettTV called to say that there is no apprentice TAPE where I used such a terrible and disgusting word attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa. I have this word in my vocabulary and I never did it. "He invented his many recent quotes saying ….
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) Aug. 14, 2018
. … such wonderful and powerful things about me – a true civil rights champion – until he was fired. Omarosa had zero credibility with the media (they did not want interviews) when she worked at the White House. evil of me, they will talk to her … Fake News!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 14 August 2018
The same day, Katrina Pierson, who served as the spokesperson for the Trump presidential campaign , was asked about the alleged electoral campaign during an interview is with Fox News, and said "that he did not
Pierson is heard in the recording saying "he said it, no, he said, it's him
After the interview with CBS, Pierson and Patton released a joint statement stating that the registration did not show any confirmation about the alleged tapes.
Luntz tweeted again after interviewing CBS, writing: "I repeat: I have never heard Trump (in person or on tape ) use the N-word. Anyone who says otherwise is spreading #FakeNews. "
Pierson published another statement later that day, blaming Manigault-Newman
" During the 2016 campaign, we heard rumors about an alleged "The Apprentice" tape. & # 39; It is now clear that those voices had always been spread by Omarosa and her alone. In his secret tape recording of me, it was one of many times that I would have appeased Omarosa to move the discussion because I was tired of his obsession with this alleged To be clear, I never arranged a teleconference with Jason Miller to confirm that Mr. Trump said nothing: that discussion was none other than sifting through unconfirmed rumors on the tape of the apprentice and the transcription supports my statement. many discussions, "Pierson said in his statement.
During a White House briefing Tuesday, press secretary Sarah Sanders came to defend Trump and said she had not heard him pronounce the statement No.
" I can certainly say I never heard that term or something like that, "he said.
When asked if he could guarantee that no Trump record would say that the word would appear, it was less decisive. " I can guarantee nothing, but I can tell you that the president has answered this question directly. I can tell you that I've never heard. I can also tell you that, if I or the people in this building, we serve this country every day, doing our best to help people across the country and improve it, if at any time we feel that the president was what some of the his critics claim it was, we certainly would not be here, "said Sanders.