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    Before running for the US presidency, Donald Trump earned fame in the American entertainment industry after starring in a number of reality TV shows and hosting fourteen seasons of The Apprentice.

    US Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard trashed Donald Trump on Twitter this week, calling him a “morally bankrupt ego maniac”, when recalling the impression that the US president left in the entertainment industry following his reality show career.

    “In the entertainment industry many who have known/worked w/ Trump think that while his reality show was fun and ran a long time, he’s a self-serving, dishonest ,morally bankrupt ego maniac who doesn’t care about anything or anyone but his Fame & bank account & is hustling the US”, Howard said while replying to a Twitter user who noted that there is only “negativity” from Hollywood and Democrats when it comes to discussing Donald Trump’s policies.
    Ron Howard attends the screening of Genius
    © AP Photo / Andy Kropa
    Ron Howard attends the screening of "Genius"

    Howard’s comment provoked a strong and mixed reaction from Twitter users, with many suggesting that it was particularly strange to hear a judgment like that from a Hollywood giant, who potentially also worked alongside such figures as Harvey Weinstein and Roman Polanski, who were previously accused of harassment and sexual abuses. 

    Ron Howard rose to fame in the 1960s when starring in the classic TV sitcom “The Andy Griffith Show”. Since then, he has directed such Oscar-winning films as “A Beautiful Mind” and “Apollo 13”, and even played himself in a parody movie about Donald Trump that was released during his 2016 presidential campaign.

    The US president is known in the Hollywood entertainment industry for hosting the reality TV show The Apprentice for fourteen seasons beginning in 2004, as well as making cameo appearances in a number of films and television series.

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