The Donald's ex to host reality show
Thursday, September 2, 2004 Posted: 9:42 PM EDT (0142 GMT)
LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Now that her ex-husband The Donald has become a TV star as host of "The Apprentice," Ivana Trump is coming to prime time with a show of her own, helping a "mature" woman find love with a younger man.
The 55-year-old Czech-born former model will assume the role of matchmaker in a two-hour reality special tentatively titled "Ivana Man," aimed for later this season on Fox television, a network spokesman said Thursday.
Ivana Trump will choose eight young bachelors to compete for the affections of a single but successful older woman, probably in her 40s who will then rely on Trump to help her winnow the group of suitors to two finalists before picking the winner.
"For years, rich older men have traded in their wives for pretty young women with bigger 'attributes,"' but now "mature women are finding that true love can happen with younger men," Fox reality TV guru Mike Darnell said in a statement.
Donald Trump divorced Ivana in 1992 and married younger model Marla Maples the following year in a much-publicized celebrity split.
Maples and Trump divorced in 1999, and the Donald has since become engaged to model Melania Knauss, who has appeared with the real estate tycoon on his hit NBC reality show "The Apprentice."
Ivana Trump has made clear she, too, prefers the company of younger men, telling the Daily Mail British tabloid: "I cannot be with an older man. They're too set in their ways. ... I prefer to be a baby-sitter than a nursemaid."
"Ivana Man" executive producer Scott Stone told Daily Variety that when he first approached her about doing the show, her reaction was: "Dahling, that's me. That's perfect."