Donald Jay Deutsch
November 22, 1957
Hollis Hills, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Pennsylvania|
(m. 2001; div. 2005)
Donald Jay Deutsch (born November 22, 1957) is an American branding and marketing professional, television personality, and former Chairman of advertising firm Deutsch Inc. He joined his father's advertising firm, David Deutsch Associates, in 1983. In 1989, his father handed full control of the agency to Donny (the firm changed its name to Deutsch Inc.).
Early life and education
Deutsch was born in Hollis Hills, a neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York City. His father, David Deutsch, founded David Deutsch Associates, a marketing communications agency now known as Deutsch Inc., in 1969. He is of Jewish descent.
He attended the Martin Van Buren High School, located in the nearby Queens Village neighborhood; Deutsch later attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, located in Philadelphia. Deutsch's first television appearance was as a contestant on the game show Match Game, after he had just graduated from University of Pennsylvania. He won the $5,000 jackpot celebrity match with Betty White.
Donny Deutsch joined his father's advertising firm, David Deutsch Associates, in 1983. In 1989, David Deutsch handed full control of the agency to Donny Deutsch, who became chairman. Deutsch renamed the agency Deutsch Inc. and later sold it to the Interpublic Group of Companies in 2000 for $265 million.
In addition to his work on The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Deutsch appeares regularly as a guest on MSNBC's morning talk show Morning Joe. He also appeared as a judge on television on NBC's reality-television series The Apprentice. He also appears regularly on the Today Show, in a segment called "The Professionals".
In April 2013, Deutsch's prime-time CNN talk show (Get to) The Point was cancelled after just one week after the Nielsen Company said the show attracted just 268,000 viewers. The show was also mocked by comedian Jon Stewart on his Comedy Central show. In 2015, the USA Network announced a new television show with Deutsch that premiered in November called simply Donny!, a comedy with Deutsch playing a fictional version of himself. In August, 2016, USA network announced the series would not be renewed for a second season.
In May 2019, it was announced Deutsch would be hosting his own show, Saturday Night Politics with Donny Deutsch on MSNBC filling the network's vacant 8 PM time-slot on Saturdays. The show began airing on Saturday, May 4, 2019 and received sluggish viewership during the first few weeks. In its first eight weeks, the show averaged just 74,000 viewers in the 25-54 demographic bracket. The show ended on August 13, 2019 after 13 episodes. Responding to the cancellation of the show on Twitter, Deutsch said, "I’m beyond grateful for all of your help in making it @MSNBC ’s highest rated Saturday night program EVER!"
During a January 25, 2022 interview with Nicolle Wallace on MSNBC about Tucker Carlson's comments regarding the possibility of U.S. involvement in the Russia and Ukraine conflict, Deutsch called Carlson a ratings whore. During his commentary he said, "He's a ratings whore. That’s it. It’s a game. Let's stop saying – performance art." and "He’s a ratings whore. That’s what this is. Period."
In 2014, Deutsch was ordered to pay a real estate broker a four percent commission for the 2010 sale of his $30 million home in the Hamptons area of New York. He was ordered by the New York Supreme Court to pay $1.2 million to Sotheby's for his breach of contract with broker Edward Petrie.
On August 14, 2020, on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Deutsch said that one in three Americans are racist for trusting President Trump. While referencing a NPR-PBS-Marist Poll he said, "how do one in three Americans still believe this man about corona or anything?" "The answer is only one thing: One in three Americans are racists," Deutsch said. "One in three Americans are terrified that this country, by the year 2040, is not going to be majority white. That the black man or brown man or the yellow man or woman are going to come and take their jobs and take away their suburbs and scare them". Deutsch, later in the show, apologized for using the ethnic slur, "yellow man", saying "[I] was just trying to make a point and I apologize if I offended anybody. People know me, know that -- where my heart is".
In 2001, he married Stacy Josloff, but they divorced four years later. Deutsch's former girlfriend Amanda Zacharia gave birth to their daughter, Daisy, in 2007.
Deutsch purchased a five-story property in New York City for $21 million and reportedly spent another $20 million on renovations in 2006. Deutsch also purchased a $29 million home in East Hampton Village, New York.
He has published several books, including a business motivation book, Often Wrong, Never in Doubt — Unleash the Business Rebel Within (2005), written with co-author Peter Knobler. The book received mixed reviews with a Publishers Weekly review saying: 'In the chapter "It All Comes Back to Babes" he delivers this new low for the business genre: "I'm not going to fuck somebody for business... unless she's really hot. Why not? I'd fuck her if we weren't doing business.'
- Deutsch, Donny; Knobler, Peter (2005). Often Wrong, Never in Doubt — Unleash the Business Rebel Within. New York City, New York: Collins Press. ISBN 978-0-06-056718-7.
- Deutsch, Donny; Whitney, Catherine (2008), The Big Idea: How to Make Your Entrepreneurial Dreams Come True, From the Aha Moment to Your First Million. New York City, New York: Hyperion Books. ISBN 1401323219
- DiEdwardo, Judy Alexandra. "Making it Big – Donny Deutsch Wants Your 'Big Idea' To Be the Next Big Thing". Success. Archived from the original on November 9, 2008. Retrieved 2012-01-13.
- Katz, A.J. (August 29, 2019). "Saturday Night Politics With Donny Deutsch Is Over". Adweek. Retrieved May 9, 2022.
- Levin, Jay (November 11, 2018). "They're Over the Moon to Fly Under the Radar". The New York Times. p. RE8.
- Sudgar, Sonya (2013-06-14). "Deutsch Founder David Deutsch Dies at 84". Advertising Age. Retrieved 2013-06-14.
- O'Leary, Noreen (2013-06-14). "Agency Founder David Deutsch Dies at 84; After retirement, he became an artist". Adweek. Retrieved 2013-06-14.
- Gold, Matea (October 13, 2007). "Coulter's back in the hot seat - Outspoken pundit Ann Coulter is denounced by Jewish groups after her latest inflammatory remark". Los Angeles Times.
When Deutsch -- who is Jewish -- asked if she wanted to get rid of Judaism, Coulter responded, “We just want Jews to be perfected.”
- Bennetts, Leslie (November 18, 2016). "Donny Deutsch's House in New York City". Architectural Digest.
Despite an Ivy League degree and a self-made fortune, he still talks like the “Jewish kid from Queens” he grew up as, and he often feels like that guy as well.
- "Match Game Syndication EP-150 Donnie Deutsch". Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 2017-06-30.
- Gillon, Steve (2010). Boomer Nation: The Largest and Richest Generation Ever. Simon and Schuster. p. 128. ISBN 9781439137635. Retrieved 2017-06-30.
- Forbes, Bertie Charles (2002). Forbes Issues 1-6. Vol. 169. Retrieved 2013-04-09.
- Shea, Danny (2010-06-21). "Donny Deutsch Sidelined At MSNBC Over Keith Olbermann Segment". HuffPost. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
- Abstract; (subscription required) for full article. Staff (February 11, 2005)."CNBC – Donny Deutsch on The Apprentice". TV Newser (blog of Mediabistro). Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- "CNN's 'The Point' Gone Quickly". The Big Story. Associated Press. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-09.
- Genzlinger, Neil. "Review: Donny Deutsch's 'Donny!,' a Crass, Infuriating Talk Show Host". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
- "'Donny!' Canceled By USA After 1 Season". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-08-03.
- "The Week in Review: Donny Deutsch Gets a Mysterious Call" (with video), BloombergPolitics, May 13, 2016. The introduction to the video refers to Deutsch as "the Herculean ad man and snappiest TV guy east of Central Park". Retrieved 2016-09-05.
- "Bloomberg's With All Due Respect Ridicules Right-Wing Media's 'Parallel Universe' Of Donald Trump Coverage" (with video), Media Matters for America, August 8, 2016. Co-hosting with Halperin. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
- "Debate Prep: What Are the Candidates' Game Plans?" (with video), BloombergPolitics, August 30, 2016. Co-hosting with Heilemann. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
- Mediaite, TV (2019-06-25). "Donny Deutsch's New MSNBC Show Off to Sluggish Start, Ratings Down More Than 15% From Launch". Mediaite. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
- Politics, Saturday Night (2019-05-02). "pic.twitter.com/WVXBKBBnHo". @SNPonMSNBC. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
- Rowland, Geoffrey (2019-08-29). "Donny Deutsch's MSNBC show to end after less than 4 months". TheHill. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
- @DonnyDeutsch (August 29, 2019). "I'm beyond grateful for all of your help in making it @MSNBC 's highest rated Saturday night program EVER!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- Griffing, Alex (2022-01-26). "Nicolle Wallace Says Tucker Carlson is 'Doing Grave Harm' to National Security, And Donny Deutsch Calls Him a 'Ratings Whore'". Mediaite. Retrieved 2022-01-26.
- Marsh, Julia (2014-10-29). "MSNBC host scams broker during real estate sale". New York Post Page Six. Retrieved 2017-06-30.
MSNBC host and former ad exec Donny Deutsch scammed a real estate broker out of a $1.2 million commission in the sale of Deutsch's $30 million Hamptons home, a Manhattan judge seethes in new court papers.
- Garrison, Virginia (2014-11-03). "Donny Deutsch Loses Suit Over Real Estate Commission". The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press. Retrieved 2017-06-30.
- Stone, Tyler (2020-08-14). "Donny Deutsch: "One In Three Americans Are Racists" For Trusting Trump". RealClearPolitics. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
- Dorman, Sam (2020-08-14). "Donny Deutsch apologizes for using racist term while condemning Trump supporters' alleged racism". Fox News. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
- Staff (December 11, 2008). "TV Sage Caught In Illicit Kiss". New York Post. Archived from the original on August 17, 2009. Retrieved 2012-01-11.
- Bennetts, Leslie (October 2011). "Donny Deutsch's Modern New York City Townhouse — Designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper Punch Up the Adman's Museum-White Manhattan Mansion". Architectural Digest. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- Keil, Braden (August 23, 2007). "Buy The Farm". New York Post.
- Wilstein, Matt (February 25, 2013). "Donny Deutsch Slams 'Monarch' Michelle Obama's Oscars 'Intrusion' On Piers Morgan Tonight". Mediaite.
- "Manchin: Equal pay shouldn't be political". MSNBC. April 9, 2014.
- Staff Writer (2005-08-08). "Often Wrong, Never in Doubt: Unleash the Business Rebel Within". Publishers Weekly. Archived from the original on 2019-07-11. Retrieved 2019-07-11.