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Donald Trump: 'The Amazing Race' doesn't deserve to win Emmys

By Christopher Rocchio, 04/27/2010 

The Amazing Race is the only show to win the Emmy for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program since the category was first created in 2002 -- an honor Donald Trump feels the CBS series doesn't deserve.

"It's a shame that Amazing Race keeps winning, because it doesn't deserve to win it," Trump told The Hollywood Reporter in a Monday report.

"It wins every year because they know how to politic the Emmys."

The Donald said his belief that The Amazing Race is undeserving dates all the way back to 2004 -- when The Apprentice and The Amazing Race were pitted against each other in the category and he was halfway out of his seat to accept the honor.

"I was standing up to go down there and pick up the Emmy," he told The Reporter. "Incredible. It's a joke. If the Emmys want their ratings back, they have to pick shows that deserve it."

Trump said he fully expects his The Celebrity Apprentice reality series -- which is currently in the midst of its third season on NBC -- to receive a nod in the category this year when nominations are announced later this year.

He also predicts it will win when awards are presented August 29 -- ending the predicable seven-year streak he thinks has hurt the Emmy's telecast.

"They've lost credibility," he told The Reporter. "Instead of shows that deserve to win, they pick Amazing Race. It's a very sad commentary."

Trump isn't the first reality host to criticize the CBS reality competition's Emmy dominance.  After The Amazing Race won last year at the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Survivor host Jeff Probst suggested The Amazing Race should "pull out of the competition."

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