‘Apprentice’ producer says he can’t release tape

FILE - In this Saturday, March 27, 2004 file photo, passersby look at a sign advertising the reality television show, "The Apprentice," displayed at the entrance to the Trump Tower building in New York. Donald Trump's development firm was issued summonses by the city because it did not have the proper permits for the giant banner. In his years on the show, Trump repeatedly demeaned women with sexist language, according to show insiders who said he rated female contestants by the size of their breasts and talked about which ones he'd like to have sex with. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

The executive producer of “The Apprentice” says he doesn’t have the right to release footage from the reality TV show once hosted by Donald Trump.

MGM, which owns executive producer Mark Burnett’s production company, also says it cannot legally release the footage.

Neither Burnett nor MGM immediately responded to questions Monday seeking details about the specific requirements they say block them from releasing the footage.

The Associated Press previously had asked Burnett to provide the original “The Apprentice” footage for review earlier this year, and renewed calls last week.

The statement issued Monday comes on the heels of an AP story published last week concerning allegations by cast and crew that the Republican presidential nominee frequently used lewd and sexist language while shooting the show.