"What I did was a good thing for Carolyn," said the spin-master mogul Thursday. "I'm doing something that's best for her. She's a terrific person."
So terrific that he fired her, as was first reported exclusively in The Post yesterday.
Sources said Kepcher was canned because she became a "prima donna" following her small screen fame.
Trump would only say, "Let's put it this way: She enjoyed the success of 'The Apprentice' very much."
One source told The Post Kepcher was "devastated" when she got the news that she was no longer the executive vice president for the Trump Organization.
Kepcher's numerous speaking engagements and limelight-loving antics are to blame for the sudden split, said the source.
But people close to Kepcher scoffed at reports that she was hogging the spotlight and slacking on company time.
"She's always been very grounded and worked hard at balancing her work and family," said a source.
In a statement released Thursday, Kepcher downplayed her dismissal, saying she and Trump had "different visions for my future role in the company."
And Kepcher's pals pointed out that all her speaking engagements were on days off.
"She's turned down offers to do other reality shows," said the source.
Others in the Trump camp saw it differently.
"I do think that she thoroughly enjoyed the celebrity status, and maybe it did go to her head more than it should have," former "Apprentice" co-star George Ross told "Access Hollywood."