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Donald Jay Deutsch (born November 22, 1957)[1] is an American advertising executive and television personality.

Donny Deutsch
Donald Jay Deutsch

(1957-11-22) November 22, 1957 (age 61)
Hollis Hills, Queens, New York, United States
Alma materWharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
OccupationChairman of Deutsch Inc.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Stacy Josloff (married 2000; divorced)
Partner(s)Amanda Zacharia (former)
ChildrenDaisy, London and Chelsey

He was the host of the CNBC talk show The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch (2004–2008).


Early life and educationEdit

Deutsch was born to a Jewish family[2] in Hollis Hills, a neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York City, New York. His father, David Deutsch, founded David Deutsch Associates, a marketing communications agency now known as Deutsch Inc., in 1969.[3][4]

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, Pennsylvania.[1]

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.[5][6]


Donny Deutsch joined his father's advertising firm, David Deutsch Associates, in 1983.[3] In 1989, David Deutsch handed full control of the agency to Donny Deutsch, who became chairman.[3][4] Deutsch renamed the agency Deutsch Inc. and later sold it to the Interpublic Group of Companies in 2000 for $265 million.[3][4][7]

In addition to his work on The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Deutsch has appeared as a regular guest on MSNBC's morning talk show Morning Joe. He also appeared as a judge on television when he appeared on NBC's reality-television series The Apprentice.[8] He now 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.[9] 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.[10] In August, 2016 USA announced the series would not be renewed for a second season.[11]

In 2016, Deutsch was co-hosting Bloomberg Television's With All Due Respect with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.[12][13][14]. As of 2018 Deutsch, along with Heilemann appear on MSNBC newscasts, especially "Morning Joe".


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.

Personal lifeEdit

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.[15]

Deutsch purchased a five-story property in New York City for $21 million and reportedly spent another $20 million on renovations in 2006.[16] Deutsch also purchased a $29 million home in East Hampton Village, New York.[17]

On February 25, 2013, on Piers Morgan Tonight, Deutsch declared that he is a member of the Democratic Party.[18] Deutsch has also stated: "I'm a feminist."[19]


On June 21, 2018, Deutsch, in a national broadcast on MSNBC, described American voters who support President Trump as being "like Nazis."

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.[20][21]


  • 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


  1. ^ a b 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.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ a b c d Sudgar, Sonya (2013-06-14). "Deutsch Founder David Deutsch Dies at 84". Advertising Age. Retrieved 2013-06-14.
  4. ^ a b c O'Leary, Noreen (2013-06-14). "Agency Founder David Deutsch Dies at 84; After retirement, he became an artist". Adweek. Retrieved 2013-06-14.
  5. ^ "Match Game Syndication EP-150 Donnie Deutsch". Retrieved 2017-06-30.
  6. ^ Gillon, Steve (2010). Boomer Nation: The Largest and Richest Generation Ever. Simon and Schuster. p. 128. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  7. ^ Forbes, Bertie Charles (2002). Forbes Issues 1-6. 169. Retrieved 2013-04-09.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "CNN's 'The Point' Gone Quickly". The Big Story. Associated Press. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-09.
  10. ^ Genzlinger, Neil. "Review: Donny Deutsch's 'Donny!,' a Crass, Infuriating Talk Show Host". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  11. ^ "'Donny!' Canceled By USA After 1 Season". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  12. ^ "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.
  13. ^ "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.
  14. ^ "Debate Prep: What Are the Candidates' Game Plans?" (with video), BloombergPolitics, August 30, 2016. Co-hosting with Heilemann. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ Keil, Braden (August 23, 2007). "Buy The Farm". New York Post.
  18. ^ Wilstein, Matt (February 25, 2013). "Donny Deutsch Slams 'Monarch' Michelle Obama's Oscars 'Intrusion' On Piers Morgan Tonight". Mediaite.
  19. ^ "Manchin: Equal pay shouldn't be political". MSNBC. April 9, 2014.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ Garrison, Virginia (2014-11-03). "Donny Deutsch Loses Suit Over Real Estate Commission". The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press. Retrieved 2017-06-30.

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