Celebrity Apprentice

Donald Trump Wants to Help Jailed Richard Hatch

03/14/2011 at 04:00 PM EDT

Donald Trump Wants to Help Jailed Richard Hatch
Donald Trump (left) and Richard Hatch
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Celebrity Apprentice contestant Richard Hatch turned himself into U.S. marshals on Monday to begin a nine-month prison sentence, according to The Providence Journal.

But Hatch, who is serving time for failing to pay taxes on his $1 million prize from the first season of Survivor, has someone on the outside who may be willing to help him.

"It sounds like a very tough predicament," Donald Trump tells PEOPLE. "I may ask him if there's anything I can do ... I may get involved and ask him what the hell is going on."





On the current season of Apprentice, Hatch quickly made enemies of Jose Canseco and David Cassidy, who accused the reality star of shoving him. Cassidy was ultimately fired.

"He wasn't loved on set because it's a competition but I will say he was respected," Trump said, adding that helping Hatch pay his debt is "something I'd think about. He's been a great character on the show."

As for the show's live finale, Trump says, "If he makes it to the finals – and I'm not saying he is – I'm sure we can get him time off for good behavior."

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