OFFSTAGE: John Rich Tells Donald Trump He’s Wrong

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Somewhere in all this Celebrity Apprentice madness, Donald Trump kind of took responsibility for making Trace Adkins a star. Now, you and I know that is so not true. By the time he’d even met Trump, Adkins already had several No. 1 hits. And John Rich, one of this season’s contestants, had the nerve to explain to Trump that he had nothing at all to do with launching Adkins’ career. “And I said, ’Well, uh, actually he was multi-platinum before he came on your show,” Rich said in a recent radio interview. “He goes, ’No, no. Trace Adkins, he was basically no one.’ And I look at him and I said, ’You know what? You’re right. … He basically was no one before your show. Thank you so much for putting him on here ’cause now we all get to hear his great voice.’ And I just totally played along with it, like Donald Trump really thinks Trace Adkins was nobody before that show.” So not only is he out there defending country fans , it looks like Rich has got the stars’ backs, as well.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.