From the [Akron] Beacon Journal, an article on The Apprentice and Donald Trump including a Q&A with Trump. One answer:
A: It’s irrelevant to me, because my job is to pick the best people. It was Omarosa’s time to go, and I’m sure you agree with that (laughs). She was good television but it was her time to go. And it was Sam’s time to go. We have a lot of interesting characters left, but if I were going purely for entertainment value, I would’ve left Sam and Omarosa for the finals. But I can’t do that. I don’t let the entertainment value enter into my decision at all.