Exclusive: 'Celebrity Apprentice' Cast Talks Fights, Backstabbing and Winning it All
Donald Trump is heading back to the boardroom and taking along a cast of 18, which includes American Idol alum Clay Aiken, Real Housewives of New Jersey's Teresa Giudice, reality star Victoria Gotti and former talk show host Arsenio Hall, who will compete for $250,000 to the charity of their choice, when Celebrity Apprentice returns Feb. 12. Celebuzz met with the cast to chat about the upcoming season, what it's like working for Trump and of course, all the drama that is to come!
So how is Trump as a boss? Well, Aubrey O'Day -- who famously got fired from Diddy's group, Danity Kane -- was quick to fire back at her former boss especially after working with The Donald.
"Trump is really nice. I don’t think that he uses the same tactics as Diddy when trying to achieve something from the people that work for him, so Trump is easier to work with than Diddy," she revealed to Celebuzz, adding that she's actually more worried about the other contestants ruining her chances of a win.
As far as cat fights are concerned, Debbie Gibson is ready to hold her own. "There are a lot of tough broads here. I'm an Italian, Brooklyn-born gal myself, but you put Victoria and Teresa together... I'm mild compared to these gals, so I can see the Italian tempers flaring, including my own. I've been known to throw a dish or two," Debbie said. "But I'm going into this day to day. Just worry about the entrance and the rest will all fall into place."
It's anyone's game though, as the cast mates head to the boardroom. Other familiar faces include: comedians Lisa Lampanelli, Arsenio Hall and Adam Carolla, former Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza, former Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno, singer Tia Carrere, and models Cheryl Tiegs, Patricia Velasquez, George Takei of Star Trek, magician Penn Jillette, Paul Teutul Sr. of American Chopper, racecar driver Michael Andretti and rocker Dee Snider.
With less than a six-percent chance of beating out the competition, Carolla is honest about his approach to winning Apprentice. "I don’t necessarily plan on making it to the end…basically I'm using street smarts mixed with hard work, mixed with a little bit of ass kissing. Outside of a reality show star or two, nobody really gets to this level without busting their butt a little bit you know," he said, taking a jab at his reality star competitors.
Despite all the upcoming drama and fights, the cast knows it's all about charity at the end of the day. Real Housewives star Teresa opened up about the competition, admitting, "Everyone thinks I'm this tough girl, but people don't know my sweet side... I'm competing to help a little boy who has a rare kidney disease that if they don't find a cure, he'll die. At the end of the day, life is too short. All the other bullsh*t doesn't matter," she said.
Who are you rooting for? Sound off in the comments and stay tuned to NBC for the premiere on Feb 12.