The Apprentice is an American reality game show hosted by real estate magnate, businessman and television personality Donald Trump. The show was broadcast on NBC and created by English-born American television producer Mark Burnett. The U.S. series originated a franchise of international television shows known as The Apprentice. Billed as "The Ultimate Job Interview", the U.S. version starred sixteen to eighteen business people competing in an elimination competition. The prize was a one-year, $250,000 starting contract to run one of Trump's companies. Each episode typically ended with Trump eliminating one of the contestants with the words, "You're fired" (which has become a locution of the program and Trump). NBC announced on June 29, 2015 that it was severing all business ties with Trump due to the latter's comments about Mexican immigrants but has said its relationship with Mark Burnett and the show will continue.