There will be no boardroom, and no one will get fired. But those who say the Republican primary race has been something of a reality show have new evidence in the announcement that
has signed up to host a debate planned in Iowa, just a week before the leadoff caucuses.
The forum is being organized by Newsmax, the conservative media group. It's unclear yet whether any candidates have agreed to participate.
According to the
, which first reported on the event, Newsmax has partnered with the obscure Ion Television network to broadcast it. Candidates were formally invited on Friday.
Michael Cohen, a spokesman for Trump, confirmed his participation, saying he was approached by Newsmax Chief Executive Christopher Ruddy.
Asked if the event would resemble Trump's
reality show, "The Apprentice," Cohen said: "I presume it will be in the same format" as other debates.
Trump, of course, considered running as a candidate himself before stepping back to focus on "The Apprentice." He's since drawn most of the
contenders to his New York office for private, one-on-one meetings.
is set to meet with "The Donald" on Monday.
"I suspect, like the other Republican candidates, Newt will seek Mr. Trump's advice and endorsement," Cohen said earlier this week.