It was announced on Sunday that NBC has renewed "Celebrity Apprentice" for another season and, according to NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, the network is prepared to replace Donald Trump if he decides to run for president in 2012.
"If he decides to run and is unavailable to do the show, we will bring the show back and someone else will be sitting at the head of the board table," Greenblatt told reporters, according to Entertainment Weekly. "We are still hoping to have Donald back."
"If we had to address the issue of who would be replacing him, we would have to feel confident that we have another galvanizing presence," he added. "I'm hopeful we don't have to go there. If we do, it's too strong a franchise for us, not to consider [a replacement]."
During a recent speech on April 28 in Las Vegas, Trump acknowledged that if he ran he would have to "give a lot of stuff up," adding, "But you know what? It is peanuts compared to the importance of this country."
The mogul has been mulling a run for the White House, but has yet to make an official announcement. Trump had told news outlets, including OnTheRedCarpet.com, that he would announce before June, after the end of the current fourth season of "The Celebrity Apprentice," whether or not he will run for president.
Meanwhile, Trump was named as the headline speaker for the Iowa Republican Party's Lincoln Day dinner on June 10.
He has criticized President Barack Obama and several other public officials over handling of the situations in Libya, Iraq, China and Afghanistan.
"Our leaders are stupid, they are stupid people," Trump said in his 30-minute speech. "It's just very, very sad... They want to raise the price of oil because we have nobody in Washington that sits back and says, 'You're not going to raise that (expletive) price."
Trump has said last year that he was thinking about running for president in 2012 and laughed off suggestions that he might run with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who lost a Republican vice presidential bid in the 2008 election.He had suggested running as a Republican in 1988 and eyed a presidential bid with the Reform Party in 1999. In 2007, he floated the idea of making talk show host Oprah Winfrey, now the world's most powerful celebrity, his running mate. Since 2008, Trump has contributed more than $25,000 to campaigns of Democratic politicians and more than $2,000 to former Republican presidential candidate John McCain, public records show. In 2004, he donated funds to campaigns of both Bush and Kerry.