Updated: It's Official: Donald Trump Not Running for President (w/Video)

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May 16th, 2011

Donald Trump just announced at the NBC upfront presentation that he would not be running for president.  So, relax Celebrity Apprentice lovers of the Donald, he'll be back.

NBC entertainment chief Bob Greenblat said that they liked to make news at their upfronts and quipped "Good luck [to Fox entertainment head] Kevin Reilly.

Can something that is no surprise at all be news?  Of course it can...

In a statement Trump said business is his greatest passion and that he is not ready to leave the private sector.

Update: here's the video of the announcement.

For anyone who can't view the video, here is a transcript of his remarks:

DONALD TRUMP: Well, thank you very much, and in particular, I'd like to thank Brian (Roberts), Steve (Burke) and Bob (Greenblatt). Terrific guys. NBC has been amazing. This will be our 12th season, and I have to say, I love "Celebrity Apprentice." We’ve raised tens of millions of dollars for charity. We’ve never raised so much as we have in the last season. And after getting so many calls from Bob and from Steve and everybody, I’ve decided that we are going to continue onward with "Celebrity Apprentice." We're going to continue making lots and lots of money for charity. I will not be running for President, as much as I'd like to, and I want to thank everybody very much. Thank you very much. Gonna see you for a great season.
Thank you.

 
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