What does an American magician, an Emmy award-winning comedian, and a music star all have in common? Well, they are all contestants on this season’s Celebrity Apprentice on NBC. Premiering on Sunday, February 12, a lot of excitement is building because there are 18 contestants competing which is the largest cast ever. Catching up with Adam Carolla, Penn Jillette of “Penn and Teller”, and singer Aubrey O’Day, the stars were able to share with us a few insights to kick off this year’s anticipation of the show. Donald Trump is anticipating a great season because of the iconic stars that will be competing and it will be nothing but great to watch.
TWID: Who were you surprised by the most on Celebrity Apprentice?
Adam Carolla: I was surprised at Clay Aiken. He was as gritty as he was… I knew the guy had the competitive spirit because he did another show that we won’t mention that involved competition. But I didn’t know the guy other than his huge candy consumption. You don’t normally associate Clay Aiken with that guy you want on the football team but to me it was Clay Aiken.
Penn Jillette: I was so surprised by Paul Sr. He was the guy on that show who yelled a lot and meant nothing to me, and he turned out to be a very good friend and really smart and really savvy. He was really kind and I appreciated all those things and that was kind of a shock for me. A lot of people acted on the show the way I could’ve predicted but Paul Sr. was the one I was surprised with.
TWID: Was there something you learned about yourself being on Celebrity Apprentice?
Aubrey O’Day: I learned that I was a lot better at things like real world jobs than I thought. I think that when you’re in entertainment long enough, I think you get used to the hustle and bustle of what it takes to survive in this world and although it is a reality show and it’s something in the entertainment world. The jobs we were doing were actually jobs in helping companies branding and marketing their name and really creating a name for a company, and it was a serious job and they were looking for serious results. And it was fun to learn other things that I was good at.
Adam Carolla: I found out that I was a puss and I couldn’t handle 6 ½ hours of sleep 6 days a week and needed a TiVo and a DVR apparatus not more than 3 feet away from me not more than where I was. So, for me I found my weaknesses instead of my strengths.
Penn Jillette: I found that when the stakes were really high, I couldn’t stand to be in a room with Clay Aiken without swallowing my own tongue. It’s a miracle.
TWID: Last season was known for being volatile and a lot of fights going on. How is it this season?
Aubrey O’Day: It’s a thousand times better. This is the best season ever and I’ve watched every season of Celebrity Apprentice and I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve been in cat fights and dramatic shows to say that.
TWID: Did you guys a have a particular strategy going into the show?
Adam Carolla: I did not personally other than not try to get everyone to hate you the first week. But you learned pretty quick that whatever you had planned at the beginning is probably only good for a couple of days, and then it becomes a Chinese fire drill from then on in my opinion. If you’re too rigid in your plan, you’re not going to be able to fully apply it to whatever it is you’re doing so, for me half a plan to start with and that quickly went out the window.
Penn Jillette: My plan came from the philosopher Mike Tyson who said, ‘Everyone has a plan until they get hit.’ And everyone does have a plan until they get hit. What a little bit depressing about working on the show is that even people who suspend their morality completely and are willing to do anything don’t even do well enough to get the job done. I saw people who were willing to do anything to win and they still didn’t win.
TWID: What can we expect in this season’s Celebrity Apprentice?
Aubrey O’Day: Well this season we had a bigger cast. We started off with 18 people. We had a much bigger season. There are crazier challenges in a lot of ways than I’ve seen in past seasons. This is the most real show that I’ve been on. What happens in a boardroom is very real. It’s a bunch of type A personalities that think they’re the biggest star in the room and think that they know everything and that they’re right and you’re watching all of them fight to stay in the game. The women of the show definitely made a great show to watch besides Penn and Adam who are amazing.
Whether or not these celebrities had strategies and game plans, it will be interesting to see how it will all unfold. With the new cast, it will be great to watch them perform jobs and get into business situations where they will be forced to answer to the big boss, Donald Trump himself. Will they be able to handle the heat in the boardroom? It all goes down Sunday, February 12, on NBC so be sure to tune in!
-Article Written by: Elizabeth Lavulo
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