Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Convicted Trump Associate Paul Manafort Once Appeared on Nickelodeon's 'What Would You Do?'

Paul Manafort’s life has changed a lot since the ’90s. It’s safe to say that this is true for many people. Most people, however, don’t go on to work as campaign chairman for a future president of the United States, only to end up convicted of federal crimes in two jurisdictions; most people don’t then get brought up on state charges out of fears that the president might consider a pardon.

On a lighter note, Manafort’s wife Kathleen Manafort, was once a contestant on What Would You Do?, a Nickelodeon game show that ran in the early 1990s hosted by Double Dare's Marc Summers.

Manafort’s wife, Kathleen, was once a contestant on What Would You Do?. In the segment, the contestants weigh their purses and were told that the person with the heaviest purse would get a “little prize.” That prize ended up being pies in the face. Kathleen Manafort’s purse was the lighter one and so she did not get pies thrown at her face. Paul Manafort watched all of this unfold from the crowd.

The clip resurfaced on Twitter on Wednesday. In it, Summers takes Manafort’s wallet, takes a brief look at it, and asks: “how many American Express cards does one person need?”

“Lets count them together. One, two… oh wait a minute there’s three American Express cards: he’s got a gold, a platinum, and a corporate. He’s got nine Visas, and an AT&T credit card,” Summers continues.

During the segment, the camera pans around to Paul twice, which his existence on the show lasted for around 16 seconds. The relevant part of the video begins around the 4:34 mark. You can watch that below.

Manafort was indicted in October 2017 as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. He was convicted of bank fraud and tax fraud. He has also pled not guilty in March to new felony charges of mortgage fraud and falsifying business records, according to HuffPost.

In his time lobbying for foreign governments, Manafort amassed over $50 million and lived in an extravagant lifestyle. When Manafort was on trial, it was revealed he once purchased a $15,000 ostrich coat, as the government tried to portray his dubious sources of income.

Perhaps host Marc Summers was trying to warn us? At least we found something slimier than Nickelodeon Slime..

What Would You Do? aired from 1991-1993, and was produced in Nickelodeon Studios at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida; some early segments were produced at Universal Studios in Hollywood.

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Sources: Law & Crime (Samuel Hammond), Daily Dot.
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