Donald Trump has embarked on a new post-presidency career as a game show producer and host.
The 45th US President who left office in January and his wife, former First Lady, Melania Trump, will both star in a remake of the popular daytime show Wheel of Fortune in which contestants spin a wheel to gain points and take turns at solving word puzzles. (main picture)
Industry sources tell me that the Trumps have already taped several episodes of the first season of the show before live audiences in one of the ballrooms at their Mar-a-Lago resort at Palm Beach in Florida.
They plan to syndicate the show through Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Network which, I am told, is keen to screen daily episodes.
I am advised that the ex-president decided to produce the show himself so that he could have artistic control of the program.
Industry observers tell me Trump has decided the show needs a slight right-wing edge to win viewers, so as producer he has complete freedom in deciding the words or phrases contestants must solve.
Trump already has a track record of producing top shows with his work on The Apprentice which really made him a worldwide identity and, some say, paved the way for his rise to the White House.
Observers suspect he thinks Wheel of Fortune might just help launch a comeback in time to recontest the presidency in 2024.
“Trump has proved to be a natural at the role of game show host and Mrs Trump has lost none of her skills from her modelling days,” one insider told me.
“She can stand still, walk small distances, smile, say nothing, and turn panels around to reveal letters like a champion.
“Most tapings of the show have so far gone off without a hitch, except for one.
“It was an episode in which contestants were confronted with a puzzle consisting of seven blank tiles.
“Despite many attempts none of the contestants solved it so the whole show had to be scrapped and a replacement show was taped the same day.
“Mr Trump wasn’t happy at all about that. In fact he was furious that nobody could solve what he said was ‘a simple and very common word like convfefe’.
“Obviously confusing the new show with old one, he told all the contestants ‘You’re fired!’ and then stormed off the set only to return as if nothing had happened when the retaping started,” the source said.