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We’re more than three weeks away from the Sept. 21 premiere of Martha Stewart: The Apprentice, but that’s no reason to wait for the scandal-mongering to start. The New York Post gets an early lead by noticing that Charles Koppelman, the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia chairman who’ll serve as her version of Trump’s George Ross on the show and help her eliminate contestants, has known one of the Martha wannabes for more than a decade. Contestant Bethenny Frankel (left) used to date Koppelman’s son, music talent scout Brian Koppelman. A spokesperson for producer Mark Burnett says that the show will address this potential conflict of interest within the very first minutes of the first episode. Um, so does that mean Bethenny is more likely to be tossed out early or go the distance?

Update: Move over, Bethenny. Contestant Dawna Stone has a pre-existing Apprentice tie, too: She used to work alongside Trump Apprentice winner Kelly Perdew, who recommended her for the show. Exploiting your connections — it’s a good thing.

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