|Real estate mogul Donald Trump
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) -
One of the recently fired contestants on the hit television show "The Apprentice" is about to take a job with a company making an unsolicited bid for a stake in Donald Trump's troubled casino empire, according to a published report.
The New York Daily News reports that the contestant known as Stacie J. will be hired as a spokeswoman for and adviser to Casino Fortune, an offshore online casino that announced earlier this week it is bidding $400 million for a 31 percent stake in the bankrupt Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts (DJTC: Research, Estimates).
Trump dismissed the report, telling the Daily News, "It's just a publicity stunt they're playing." Stacie J. failed to return repeated calls for comment, according to the newspaper.
Trump filed for bankruptcy court protection for his casino company in August. He is trying to negotiate an agreement with his company's bond holders, offering to give them majority ownership of the company.
Stacie J., a model and owner of a Subway Sandwich Shop franchise in Harlem, was fired from the show on its third episode. The reality show has Trump fire one of the potential apprentices each week.
The New York Post, which first reported Casino Fortune's bid earlier in the week, said John Wallis, the CEO of the casino's holding company, admitted he has yet to hear a response to his offer.
And the Post said Wallis' company has made some other high-profile offers in the past that went nowhere, including an offer to buy the Phoenix Suns basketball team and an offer to NASA to buy a seat on the space shuttle. Neither offer resulted in serious negotiations, according to the newspaper.