Love or hate him, Gary Busey is an eccentric actor who gets people talking. When Donald Trump “fired” Busey from “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice,” Busey blamed his teammates, whom he said were out to discredit him and make him look bad. Busey was his team’s project manager on a challenge in which the contestants were tasked with doing a commercial for LG products. One of Busey’s ideas was to act like a mechanical dog in the commercial, but the idea was a flop with the LG executives.
At the “All-Star Celebrity” press junket at Trump Tower in New York City on April 30, 2013, Busey still took no responsibility for being fired, even though it is the project manager’s responsibility to give the final approval on what was in the team’s commercial. Here is what Trump and Busey said when I interviewed them at the press junket.
Interview With Donald Trump
Gary Busey is known for his anecdotes and giving advice. What advice would you have for him if he wanted to put out a self-help book, since you have a lot of experience in that area?
I think if he did a book, it would be interesting. He’s a brilliant guy. He’s really done great on “Celebrity Apprentice.” The audience loves him. And frankly, he could’ve won the other night. I think if he put out a book, it would do very well.
Why do you think Gary is so admired by his fans?
He’s different and he’s a brilliant guy. And people really do understand that.
What do you think has been the hardest challenge out of all the seasons of “Celebrity Apprentice” so far?
I think we’ve had many challenges. We’ve had challenges where great athletes couldn’t do them not only physically but mentally. We’ve had many great challenges. They’re all tough.
Who’s the person you turn to the most when it comes to making the final decision on who will win on the show?
I listen to [my children] Ivanka, Don and Eric. In this case [with Gary Busey getting fired], I listened to [guest judge] Joan Rivers. She’s very strongly opinionated. She’s terrific. I listened to Piers [Morgan]. He was great. I listen to everybody, and then I make the final decision.
Interview with Gary Busey
What makes you a unique celebrity?
Being artful, mysterious and unpredictable.
What did you think of the other contestants who often said you were the weakest player on the team?
I love them all. They were insecure, frightened and wanted to get me out of the game because I came up with the idea for the mechanical dog. But in the boardroom … they abandoned me and left me on the floor. But that’s OK. I don’t take anything personally. I love everybody.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned?
The most important thing I’ve learned in life is to chase and catch your dream, because if you don’t, your imagination will live in empty spaces, and that’s nowhere to land.
Would you have done anything differently to change the outcome of being “fired” from the show?
No, because you can’t control how other people are going to betray you. And that’s what happened with Penn Jillette and Lisa Rinna. They betrayed me.
Would you want to be on “Celebrity Apprentice” again? And would you play for the same charity?
I’m going to leave that up to the surprise I’ll give you by doing it. If there’s another “Celebrity Apprentice,” I would be doing it. And the charity is whatever it’s going to be. Right now, it’s the Busey Foundation. You can send donation to that charity: $1, $10, 50 cents. It’s not the money; it’s the giving of the heart to heal the child.
Kawasaki disease hits the children from 5 months to 5 years. The symptoms are conjunctivitis, rash, a fever that last 10 days, a strawberry tongue and puffy lips. My son Luke had the disease two years ago, and he’s free and healed.
Who do you think was your biggest rival on “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice”?
Do you have any upcoming projects?
No. I’m not here promoting me. I’m here to talk about my gift to others, which is my love and consideration.
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