Reality TV star Donald Trump chose The Hollywood Reporter -- a Los Angeles-based publication focused on the entertainment industry -- for his first magazine cover interview and photo shoot, as if to demonstrate he belongs next to the red-carpet coverage of celebrities.
Trump graces the cover for the magazine’s Aug. 28 issue, in which he talks about Hillary Clinton's email scandal, Bill Cosby and whether he'd go on Megyn Kelly's show in the future.
At least THR seems to recognize Trump's Hollywood connections: The magazine dubbed him “America's first reality TV presidential candidate” on its cover.
In the Q&A, Trump spoke about his effect on ratings no fewer than five times. He talked in particular about his relationship with CNN's Jeff Zucker.
“Jeff is a friend of mine, but if I didn't get ratings he would not have all Trump all the time. I kid him about it. He wants to do documentaries. I say, ‘Jeff, I don't have time.’ But when I go on, the meter jumps,” Trump said. “He should pay me a fortune, right? They should all pay me for this. I'm doing this for nothing.”