'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Did Donald Trump wimp out?
May 16th, 2011
02:43 PM ET

'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Did Donald Trump wimp out?

Donald Trump says he’s not running for president, but I don’t think he ever intended to run!

In his statement, Donald claims his decision “does not come easily or without regret." He also pats himself on the back for bringing “issues to the forefront of the national dialogue” and claims that he believes he could have won the Republican primary – and then the general election!

I think it is interesting that Trump made the announcement right around the NBC upfronts - that's when the advertisers and the media get a preview of what’s coming to TV in the fall.

Just a little while ago, there was a lot of speculation over whether or not Trump would do another season of “Celebrity Apprentice.” NBC even revealed that the show would go on with or without Donald Trump. Coincidence? Hmm….

So what do you think about this big Donald Trump news? Did he wimp out? Post below.

Other big stories we’re fired up about on the show tonight…

Jon Cryer's looking forward to Ashton Kutcher joining "Two and a Half Men," and what's going on with Rihanna and Chris Brown?

Plus, can lost Michael Jackson photos solve the world’s energy problems?

See you on "Showbiz Tonight" exclusively at 11 p.m. ET/PT on HLN tonight!

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soundoff (48 Responses)

    Mr. Trump did more in just a short time than anyone has done in the last 2 1/2 years. Birth certificate was revealed. He made the White House give it up. At least now if it is not the "REAL MCCOY" you can point the finger at the guilty parties "WH". He says it like it is and he KNOWS that we as taxpayers are getting the shaft. Believe him when he says we need to stand up for ourselves & get paid for what the US does for other countries. Unless smeone steps into the ring with that courage "LOOK OUT".........just me

    May 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. moon627

    Trump is such a carni-barker. He gives himself kudos even when he's a loser. I guess its that kind of confidence that made him rich despite himself.

    May 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tripod

    My name is such for a reason.

    May 17, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. itsallgoodnrjoanoke

    Oh Please, I KNEW this FOOL wasn't going to run for President. He doesn't and isn't President Material. He is a so call womanizer. He loves women, not poor people. He is smart for his own sake, nothing else. We do not want to see all those any, many, so called kids of his in and out of the White House. The Moma Drama! YUK! He is Nasty also, Put him on the STINKY LIST! And do something with that HAIR PLEASE!

    May 17, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. Free

    Donald is so full of himself, I am so over him & his negative comments on our president & yes he has to do something about his hair....please, get a crew cut or something

    May 17, 2011 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
    • @Free

      I am glad you are "so over him". What an accomplishment, I'll bet that took time and some good therapy...... twit.

      May 17, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. @N

    trump is stumped

    May 17, 2011 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mike H.

    I heard the reason Donald Trump chose to stray from the presidential campaign had more to do with him not being born an American citizen than anything else.... Until he produces a legitimate birth certificate and at least three witnesses there is no reason to believe he was born in the US of A....

    May 17, 2011 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Nocoma

      He was born in Croatia. I actually was there and witnesses Donald being born. I even have proof by taking pictures with my iPhone and remember sending a tweet to a friend about it.

      May 17, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. Leslie Hardin

    "Mr. Trump, you're fired!"

    May 17, 2011 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. Hefty Bag!

    Donald is wimpy wimpy wimpy while Hefty (me, head diva in charge) is hefty hefty hefty

    May 17, 2011 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. Trumps Stool

    Im still running... .

    May 17, 2011 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  11. Sunshine Girl *

    Who is the bigger fool? Him or the people who actually believed he was serious about running? Hes too shrewd of a business man to waste his money on a presidential campaign! Thats exactly how he stays as rich as he is. What a joke!

    May 17, 2011 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. peels

    The donald the greats show on earth he used medie hype his crappy show never intended run for prez.

    May 17, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  13. Beautiful Vixen

    One a**hole (Trump) is out of the running and another one (Gingrich) is in.

    May 17, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  14. loca

    Obama and Seth Myers had their way with him at that dinner, then no one heard from trump again.

    May 16, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 50lb Stool

    The Donald use me as adhesive for the toupee... .

    May 16, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  16. @N

    @jessica get back to work!!!the sushi needs to be packed faster!!!!

    May 16, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  17. ObamaSecondTerm

    The Donald quit because his fake campaign had damaged his brand. The Celebrity Apprentice has a Democratic audience!


    May 16, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • moon627

      i wouldnt be surprised if he was losing viewers (and money) ... i know i stopped watching the Apprentice when he attacked Obama with the Birther nonsense.

      May 17, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Jim

    What a phony and a charlatan......Like the little boy that cried wolf on 3 different occasions now.....Isn't his country worth it to him or all the resy of the egomanic phony's out there

    May 16, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Donald McRonald

    There once was a man named Trump; his wallet was exceedingly plump; he made lots of noise, and showed off his toys; but proved he was only a chump!

    May 16, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  20. me

    Side show barker. I'm disappointed (good laughs) and relieved (e-gads! people might vote for him!)

    May 16, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Lloyd Christmas

    Thanks Superhiro.

    May 16, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  22. JD

    Trump created media hype only. No real issues.

    May 16, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Jessica @ work

    It would have been more of a shock to hear him say he *would* be running. *Yawn*, next story.

    May 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  24. The Mad R@p3r


    The only thing I could imagine setting it off was "god". I was praising him for getting the donald out of the possible candidates.

    May 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Peace

    Oh what a bummer, I was really hoping he'd run. What a "side show" that would have been! I guess he decided not to waste his $ on a losing situation !!! I still want to know what that is on his head! LOL

    May 16, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  26. The Mad R@p3r

    Nvm they caved to the intense political pressure

    May 16, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Superhiro

    @ the mad r@p3r
    They might be blocking your comments because of the language auto filter. It's a little strict and sometimes it reads parts of two words as one cuss word.

    May 16, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  28. The Mad R@p3r

    My comment on political ticker is still awaiting moderation and i'm kind outraged. An african american who loves hiphop can't speak his mind outside of the entertainment section? I didn't cuss or nothing and my comment has been treated like its 2nd class. Surely others on here share my anger; make your voices heard today!

    May 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Lucy

    He did the right thing. It costs too much money to run and being President is not a Dream Job. It is hard and it turns your hair white. What he has is the best situation. Smart move.

    May 16, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  30. stormeagle

    Donald can dish out criticism, but he can't take it.

    May 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Superhiro

    Heh, surprise surprise. I feel sorry for the folks who actually bought into his cry for attention.

    May 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Trump Stumped


    May 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Trump Stumped

      Hey moron, you've been posting this same POS vid all over the place. Time to get a new hobby numbnutz!

      May 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Chucklehead

    What'd know? He's smarter than I gave him credit for. He knew there's no way in hell he'd ever get elected so why waste the money. Now if we could only get him to get a normal haircut.

    May 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  34. @N

    trump is a b!otch!!!& u cud see it just from how he looks!!!

    May 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Me

    He probably saw how much presidents make and said screw this, I make more being a ful on tv.

    May 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  36. The Mad R@p3r

    Good point I guess he got some milage out of making us think he was going to.

    May 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  37. doodoo bob

    Yep. He is a doodooo head. I seen it leaking out of his ears one day. Or maybe it was the nasty stuff he puts on his hair.

    May 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  38. twisted

    Trump never was going to run he did what he set out to do make an azz of himself

    May 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  39. danni

    He was never going to run anyways. He just wanted publicity.

    May 16, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  40. danni

    No ! He weeinered out ! He is a dadgum weiner and a meanie.

    May 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  41. The Mad R@p3r

    So happy the rightard bowed out.

    May 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donald Trump

      Im rich, Im a billionaire, I can fly anywhere, any F-in time I please. You are all a bunch of stupid f-in losers living in loserville eating your f-ing loser food. F YOU and YOU and YOU. F ALL OF YOU!!


      May 17, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |

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