Donald Trump, Mark Cuban Air Dirty Laundry

10/20/2004 at 08:00 AM EDT

Donald Trump, Mark Cuban Air Dirty Laundry
Donald Trump
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Donald Trump, gloating? Hard to believe, but true.

The star of the NBC hit The Apprentice, who from the get-go had accused billionaire rival Mark Cuban's ABC show The Benefactor of being a second-rate rip-off of the Trumpster's reality show, sent Cuban a fax on Tuesday, poking fun at ABC's decision to yank The Benefactor before its entire run had played out.

Trump, of course, made his fax public, giving a copy to New York's Daily News.

Trump's message to Cuban reads: "I am truly sorry to hear that your show has been canceled for lack of ratings. ... When I initially called you to congratulate you on The Benefactor – little did you or I realize how disastrous and embarrassing it would be for you."

In an e-mailed response to Trump, Cuban took the opportunity to take jabs at the precarious financial situation of Trump's casinos.

"Donald truly is a TV star and a legend in his own mind," Cuban wrote. "For that he deserves credit. The same can't be said of his business skills. From what people tell me ... he has never made anyone other than himself a nickel and has often lost his partners' money."

Cuban closed with: "Feel free to call me if you ever need advice on how to run a business successfully."

The Benefactor, in which contestants compete for $1 million after a variety of tasks, will air its last episode on Monday.

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