"Apprentice" Producers Fired by NY Rooftop Deck Owner

The roofdeck of 230 Fifth Avenue in New York City.(AP Photo/Platform Communications)
The roofdeck of 230 Fifth Avenue in New York City.(AP Photo/Platform Communications)

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Drama is brewing between "Celebrity Apprentice" producers and the owner of a lavish New York rooftop garden.

Plans to shoot the NBC show's season finale atop 230 Fifth Ave. in Manhattan were scrapped after the owner, art collector Steven Greenberg, accused Mark Burnett Productions of being "scam artists."

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The brouhaha began last week when a location scout first expressed interest in the 22,000-square-foot rooftop deck, with its 360-degree Manhattan panorama from the Flatiron District and a straight-on view of the Empire State Building.

Greenberg said work on the reality show was scheduled to begin early Monday morning, but by late Nov. 12, the Friday before, producers "still hadn't made up their mind," adding that special arrangements would have had to be made for elevators and other technicalities.

"I was very upset," said Greenberg, who believes the producers were considering other locations while taking his "space off the market."

"I have rarely, if ever, dealt with a more disingenuous, dishonest and inept group such as yours," he wrote to Heather Carrington, of Burnett's business development department.

Carrington apologized on Saturday, e-mailing Greenberg that she was "very sorry about how you were treated yesterday" and saying she was "in shock when you phoned and was not sure what was said to you from the locations department," according to messages he released to The Associated Press.

Despite feeling appalled by how the producers handled the situation, Greenberg doesn't believe their actions "in any way reflect the way Donald Trump would do business or conduct himself."