Marcus Lemonis ‘Fires’ Trump Over Safari Shoot

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March 15, 2012 by   14 Comments

Good Sam Enterprises LLC, a recreational vehicle membership club and a season 12 sponsor of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” reality show, will not be reprising their role on Donald Trump’s show anytime soon, according to a report that ran on the TMZ (Thirty Mile Zone) website today (March 15) and reported by RVing Examiner.

The TMZ report suggests that Good Sam Chairman and CEO Marcus Lemonis was so incensed by photos of an African hunting safari that showed Donald Trump Jr. – one of the Celebrity Apprentice judges – and Eric Trump standing next to their trophy kills that Good Sam Enterprises and Lincolnshire, Ill.-based Camping World will not be supporting the New York based business mogul’s TV show in the future.

Camping World Chairman and CEO Lemonis, who has essentially “fired The Donald,” insisted that “I wouldn’t spend another nickel with them,” according to the TMZ report.

Camping World – Good Sam’s sister company – was a task sponsor on an outdoor recreation segment in the 2011 series of Celebrity Apprentice where competing celebrities vie for a $250,000 check for their favorite charity.

The company was scheduled to be the focus of a celebrity task in April. No word on the status of that episode.

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14 Responses to “Marcus Lemonis ‘Fires’ Trump Over Safari Shoot”

  1. Bill Leasor on March 16th, 2012 11:18 am

    As a hunter and RVer, I believe Camping World just shot themselves in the foot.

  2. Matt Swenson on March 16th, 2012 12:40 pm

    Camping World, you’re fired! I am a hunter and hunters do more to help wildlife management than any other segment of our society, including the sanctimonious leftist that runs camping world. You just slapped a large segment of your clientele in the face.

  3. Ihunt1 on March 16th, 2012 1:28 pm

    I work for an RV dealer in the midwest, I completely agree with Mr. Leasor. We have a large group of hunters that buy campers from us specifically for hunting. I am glad Camping World took this stance, it can only help us dealers that cater to them. Mr. Lemonis needs to get out of corporate america, and see what “his” customers are actually using thier RV`s for. It sounds like he is losing touch with middle class america that makes up the vast majority of the industry he works in. Good luck CW. I want to thank you in advance for the added business you have just sent the mom and pop dealers.

  4. Kim OBrien on March 16th, 2012 1:47 pm

    I don’t believe that Camping World shot themselves in the foot. Camping World is too huge to be hurt by this, I think there are more Animal Activist in America than “Hunter’s” I have no problem with hunting of any sort of animal, but it seems to me that as a business you cannot show support of either side and be sucessful. The Idea was to promote business, not promote hunting. Good thing this is a “Speak your mind” response. :)

  5. Scott Senkbeil on March 16th, 2012 2:37 pm

    I’m with you on that, as a hunter and RVer, I won’t be spending anymore of my money with Camping World, will fine a hunter friendly store to trade with.

  6. David Berger on March 16th, 2012 2:48 pm

    Ditto Bill, as an avid upland and big game hunter you happens to use an RV, I don’t get it. I hope all like minded people make them pay in future sales I know my friends and I will.

  7. Warren Cooke on March 16th, 2012 6:05 pm

    I am not a hunter. Many people I know are. I also agree that the portrayal if as depicted, does not belong with Good Sam imaging, and with Camping World as well.
    PIcture the typical ad for RV’s where a family is settled around a campfire or wandering over to a scenic overlook.
    Then think about very wealthy hunters, complete with trophies, looking back at you.
    Field & Stream perhaps, but not attached to Good Sam or Camping World.

    Why is it the knee jerk responses always sound so gruff and mean spirited.
    And why the politics?
    Just saying!

  8. Randy Kusiak on March 17th, 2012 11:39 am

    Just as I watch what celebreties do , Camping World can rest assured, they will never get another one of my dollars.

  9. John Larson on March 18th, 2012 1:01 am

    Awesome! As the owner of the oldest RV business of its kind in Nevada, I will have a hayday with this one! Being the state Chairman for Ducks Unlimited, as well as a Life member of Ducks Unlimited, Rocky mountain Elk Foundation, Mule Deer Foundation, North America Hunting Club, Nat’l Rifle Assn, and regular member of SCI, Wild Sheep Foundation, and many local wildlife organizations, I will get this message that Camping World/ Good Sam/ Affinity Group, doesn’t want ANY affiliation with the american hunter anymore. This will be Printed, e-mailed, and passed out to all of my customers, Rv clubs, and so on to get the point out that Camping World doesn’t like the best form of wildlife supporters.

  10. Bonnie on March 18th, 2012 3:12 pm

    Dear CEO Marcus Lemonis,

    I wanted to thank you for pulling your sponsorship of Celebrity Apprentice. You did the right thing and I commend you for not supporting the type of cruel and exploitive hunting that was conducted by Eric Trump and Trump Jr. Their actions were just disgraceful. I only hope more CEOs will speak out just like you.

    Kind regards, Bonnie Swift.

  11. Craig Field on March 19th, 2012 1:56 pm

    Marcus Lemonis is allowed to have a personal opinion, even though it has not been formed with any facts. I am a hunter and have been on similar African safaris six times. As the Trumps stated, this is a controlled hunt with the trophy fees going to the local and national government. The meat is fully consumed and greatly appreciated by villages that might not have had any red meat into their diet for month. NOTHING goes to waste. If Ms Swift would ask any village about the hunting practice, she would find a group of very greatful people.

    In this case, he has made his persoanl opinion part of the company strategy. I applaude all hunters, and even the non hunters that better understand the situation in Africa, to not support Camping World in any fashion. I know that I will not support them now. I will also make it very clear to my camping friends and potential Camping World customers Mr Lemonis’ position.

  12. Earl W Dennis, Jr on March 19th, 2012 1:59 pm

    Not smart. I will definitely boycott Camping World and Good Sam Services from now on due to the nasty attitude displayed by Marcus Lemonis on this matter, His actions are totally uncalled for. He has alienated the RV and hunter population world wide with his remarks and actions.

  13. Gus on March 21st, 2012 6:04 pm

    Lemonis was set up. TMZ told him that these animals were endangered and emailed him the photos while he was on the phone, thus getting an initial reaction from someone who has never been around hunting. What would you say if you had never been sensitized to hunting and someone showed you a photo of a guy holding an elephant tail that you were told was endangered? I’m a hunter to the core, but I empathize with this guy. He’s caught in the middle of an anti-hunting extremist ploy.

    He’s apologized and clarified over and over and I think it’s sincere. Sweaty Teddy seems to think so, too.

    He who is without sin……

  14. Mark Ward on September 30th, 2012 3:30 pm

    Way to go Marcus, I support youre feelings!