Haters are gonna hate… but Donald Trump may still be the most powerful man on television. For now, anyway.
On Thursday, the GOP hopeful threatened to back out of an October 28 presidential debate unless broadcaster CNBC changes the format.
And we all know what is going to happen next.
Trump has been ratings gold in every major television appearance he has made since declaring his candidacy in June. More than 23 million viewers tuned in to the first Republican showdown on Fox News channel.
He also drew huge numbers for appearances on THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON and THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT.
Buzz is already building about his upcoming appearance on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE in November.
Now, with a firm understanding of how much commercial advertising revenue it could generate, CNBC is attempting to stretch the next Trump-centric debate to a mind-numbing three hours and place restrictions on opening and closing remarks.
The Donald knows greed and has put his foot down. His closest challenger, former neurosurgeon Ben Carson, is also threatening to be a no-show.
Expect the network to acquiesce very soon.
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