Mark Burnett says he cannot release 'The Apprentice' footage, but isn't threatening litigation against leaks


Mark Burnett is finally addressing calls to release un-aired footage of Donald Trump from his time on The Apprentice.

As expected, Burnett, who created The Apprentice, and MGM, which owns the right to the franchise, won't be releasing any such footage.

According to a joint statement released to ET, on behalf of MGM and Mark Burnett, Burnett does not have the right to release said materials, whether he wanted to or not.

"MGM owns Mark Burnett's production company and The Apprentice is one of its properties. 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 statement said. "Various contractual and legal requirements also restrict MGM's ability to release such material."

See photos of Donald Trump with Mark Burnett through the years:

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Donald Trump and Mark Burnett during NBC 2003-2004 Upfront at The Metropolitan Opera House lincoln Center in New York City, New York USA. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
New York real estate mogul Donald Trump (L) and TV producer Mark Burnett talk to reporters, April 8, 2003 in New York City. Burnett is producing a new reality TV show for NBC called, 'The Apprentice,' where the winner will win a six-figure apprenticeship within the Trump Organization. (Photo by Jeff Christensen/WireImage)
Donald Trump, Clive Davis and Mark Burnett during Wyclef Jean Listening Party for His New Album 'The Preachers Son' at Hudson Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by L. Busacca/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 10: Executive Producers of 'The Apprentice' Donald Trump (L) and Mark Burnett speak with the press at the 2004 TCA Summer Press Tour at the Century Plaza Hotel on June 10, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 10: (L to R) Executive Producers Donald Trump, Mark Burnett, Vice Presidents of the Trump Organization George H. Ross and Carolyn Kepcher of 'The Apprentice' speak with the press at the 2004 TCA Summer Press Tour at the Century Plaza Hotel on June 10, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 19: Producers Mark Burnett and Donald Trump attend the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 19, 2004 at the Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Roma Downey, Mark Burnett, Donald Trump and Melania Knauss with guests (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Donald Trump, Billy Bush and Mark Burnett (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: (L-R) Creator/Executive Producer Mark Burnett, Mr. Trump's fiancee Melania Knauss, and businessman Donald Trump attend the Museum of Television and Radio presents 'The Apprentice' at the Museum of Television and Radio on September 20, 2004 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
Group portrait of, from left, American boxing promoter Don King, businessman Donald Trump, and television producer Mark Burnett as they pose together at the Mar-a-Lago estate, Palm Beach, Florida, 2005. (Photo by Davidoff Studios/Getty Images)
Donald Trump and Mark Burnett during 'The Apprentice' Finale- Arrivals at California Mart in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Donald Trump and Mark Burnett during Donald Trump Recruiting Search for the Next 'Apprentice' at Universal Studios Hollywood at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
Donald Trump and Mark Burnett during Donald Trump Honored With a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Blvd. in front of Hollywood and Highland in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by M. Tran/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13: (L-R) Moderator Erin Burnett, Donald Trump Jr., Donald Trump, producer Mark Burnett and Ivanka Trump attend the Paley Center for Media's presentation of 'The Apprentice' on September 13, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Steven A Henry/WireImage)
Donald Trump and Mark Burnett (Photo by Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Mark Burnett and Donald Trump appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire
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Last week, an audio recording from 2005 surfaced, featuring a conversation between Trump and former Access Hollywood co-host Billy Bush, which included vulgar and sexually disparaging remarks about women.

Since the leak, many have called for Burnett to make unaired Apprentice footage, which some believe could potentially contain additional examples of Trump making misogynistic comments, available for review.

Initial reports claimed that Burnett had threatened to sue anyone who leaked the footage, however the joint statement denies such reports, stating, "The recent claims that Mark Burnett has threatened anyone with litigation if they were to leak such material are completely and unequivocally false."

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The joint statement went on to stress that Burnett's refusal to release the desired materials is not motivated by politics, explaining, "To be clear, as previously reported in the press, which Mark Burnett has confirmed, he has consistently supported Democratic campaigns."

Trump hosted NBC shows The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice from 2004 to early 2015.

On Monday, Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O'Dell, who was one of the women disparagingly discussed by Trump and Bush in the 2005 audio recording, addressed the Republican presidential nominee's lewd remarks, and his defense of those remarks as "locker room talk."

"There is no room for objectification of women, or anyone for that matter, not even in the 'locker room.' The conversation has got to change because everybody deserves respect, no matter the gender or setting," O'Dell said, in part, during Monday's broadcast. Check out the video below to hear more.

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