"Given all of the false media reports, I feel compelled to clarify a few points. I am not now and have never been a supporter of Donald Trump’s candidacy," the 56-year-old TV producer said in a statement to ET on Wednesday. "Further, my wife [Roma Downey] and I reject the hatred, division and misogyny that has been a very unfortunate part of his campaign."
"Despite reports to the contrary, Mark Burnett does not have the ability nor the right to release footage or other material from The Apprentice," the previous statement said. "Various contractual and legal requirements also restrict MGM’s ability to release such material."
MGM's longtime counsel, Marvin S. Putnam of Latham & Watkins reiterated those comments in a statement released to ET on Wednesday, explaining, "MGM, not Mark Burnett, owns The Apprentice. MGM has agreements with artists across a wide spectrum of creative properties, including The Apprentice. These agreements typically contain provisions related to confidentiality and artist's rights. MGM has every intention of complying with its agreements with artists and honoring their rights, including with respect to The Apprentice."
Initial reports claimed that Burnett had threatened to sue anyone who leaked the footage, however Burnett denied such reports, stating on Monday, "The recent claims that Mark Burnett has threatened anyone with litigation if they were to leak such material are completely and unequivocally false."
In his earlier statement, Burnett also stressed that he has "consistently supported Democratic campaigns."