For the final task “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice,” finalists Penn Jillette and Trace Adkins had to create and promote flavors of ice cream for Good & Delish, the food brand for Walgreens and Duane Reade. Jillette’s flavor is Vanilla and Chocolate Magic Swirtle. Adkins’ flavor is Maple Macadamia Mash-Up. On May 19, 2013, “The Celebrity Apprentice” executive producer Donald Trump will name the winner of “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” in a live finale that NBC will telecast from New York City.
On May 16, 2013, there was an “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” press junket at Trump Tower in New York City. At the press junket were Trump and the Top 4 contestants of “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice”: Adkins, Jillette, Lisa Rinna and Lil Jon. Here is what Trump, Rinna and Lil Jon said when I caught up with them at the junket.
Interview With Donald Trump
What do you think of the ice cream flavors created by Trace Adkins and Penn Jillette?
They’re both really good, and I’m going to announce the one I like best on the show.
Out of all the firings you had to do on “The Celebrity Apprentice,” which one was the hardest and why?
Firing Lil Jon for this season was my toughest decision.
Who had the biggest comeback on “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice”?
Dennis Rodman and Lisa Rinna. They both did great and they didn’t do as well as last time [they were on “The Celebrity Apprentice”]. They’re both fantastic.
Have you heard if NBC is going to renew “The Celebrity Apprentice”?
Oh yeah. They’re picking it up.
Interview With Lisa Rinna
Donald Trump said you made one of the biggest comebacks of “The Celebrity Apprentice.” What do you think?
Well, it never feels bad to be a comeback kid because it means that you succeeded at something that you failed at miserably. For me, what was great was it was good for my daughters to see that you can fail, and you can go back and succeed, and you can take a risk and you can come back.
It was all good. It’s a teachable moment or whatever it is. I’m raising two teenage girls. I have to bring it. So a lot was riding on this.
All around, I think it was so, so positive. I won over $500,000 for my charity. And for my daughters to know that and that philanthropy is so important to our family, I think it’s so positive.
You’re an author. Have you considered writing a book for teenagers?
Oh, God! I think I need to get through the teenage years before I can write a book on it. If I survived, it might be an interesting book. I like to reach women. I like to talk to women. And certainly, that’s a question mark.
What’s next for you?
I don’t know. My husband’s coming into New York City tonight. And I have the “Apprentice” finale on Sunday.
What was the most important thing you learned from your previous time on “The Celebrity Apprentice” that helped you get this far on “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice”?
I was on such a short amount of time the first time that I didn’t really learn anything. But what I learned was that I needed to be more prepared this time than I was last time. So I just prepared myself for what I was going into. I made sure that I was computer-savvy.
And I made sure that I knew a lot of things that might come up. I was mentally prepared for it, I guess. Once you’ve done something, you know what you’re going into. So I just already knew what I was going into, so it made it easier.
A lot of “Apprentice” contestants say that sleep deprivation is a big problem. What do you think?
I’m a mother. My whole life is about sleep deprivation. No, that doesn’t really play into. It’s a tough game because you do many tasks in a very short period of time. So that’s hard, but I’m also a mother who multitasks, so I just deal with it.
Can you set the record straight about rumors that you’re joining the cast of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills?”
I can set the rumors straight. No one has asked me to do it. I have not been asked. That’s what I can tell you.
Interview With Lil Jon
What did you think of being chosen to help Trace Adkins in the final task on “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice”?
That’s one of the great things about the show. Sometimes you don’t make it to the end or the final two, but to help another player win is great. John Rich was my friend before the show, so to come back and help John win [in Season 3 of “The Celebrity Apprentice”], I was a part of that. If Trace wins, I’ll be a part of that. I was an integral part in the task.
What was the biggest difference between your first time on “Celebrity Apprentice” and the second time?
The No. 1 difference was we [our team] lost a lot this season. No. 2 was the teams were integrated this time with men and women, instead of men versus women. So I had more drama team because of the women. Men, we’re laid-back. We don’t really trip about much. But the women get a little catty on the show and fight a lot. I had that on my team, and that can be a distraction from the task. And, like I said, we lost a lot. It made it way harder than the last time.
You were on teams that had probably two of the biggest feuds on “Celebrity Apprentice” history: Meat Loaf versus Gary Busey and Omarosa versus La Toya Jackson. Which feud was nastier and had more of a negative effect on the team?
When you’re fighting, you’re not thinking clearly. You’re worried about the fight and not the task. So for me, I tried to keep everyone calm and tried to bring them back to reality, like, “Yo, we need to focus on this task.”
But emotions get in the way, and I think that’s probably why part of the reason why we were losing: because all of the bickering. So you can’t have that. It’s like being on a basketball team or a football team. If you’re fighting with your teammates, you don’t have good synergy. You have to let that go and play the game. So we lost a lot, and it was hard.
Donald Trump said that out of all the “Celebrity Apprentice” firings he had to do, the decision to fire you on “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” was the hardest. What are some of the things that viewers didn’t see that made you an outstanding contestant?
It’s a television show so can’t show everything. The task was so tedious sometime that they couldn’t show everything, like I might have been hard on someone to get it done, but we still go the gist of it.
Who are you most looking forward to seeing on the “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” finale, besides your good friend John Rich?
I don’t know. I want to see everybody. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the entire cast together.
What’s next for you?
I’m trying to get into more television. [“The Celebrity Apprentice”] showed me that people kind of like me, so I want to be on more television.
RELATED LINKS ON usedview.com:
Interview with Lisa Rinna for “Days of Our Lives”
Interview with Donald Trump and Bret Michaels for “The Celebrity Apprentice”
Interview with for Sinbad for “The Celebrity Apprentice”
Interview with Darryl Strawberry for “The Celebrity Apprentice”
Interview with Rod Blagojevich for “The Celebrity Apprentice”
Interview with Selita Ebanks for “The Celebrity Apprentice”
Interview with Goldberg for “The Celebrity Apprentice”
Interview with Summer Sanders for “The Celebrity Apprentice”
Interview with Cyndi Lauper for “The Celebrity Apprentice”
Interview with Maria Kanellis for “The Celebrity Apprentice”
“The Celebrity Apprentice” Season 3 finale after-party
Interview with Donald Trump and Mark Burnett for “The Apprentice”
“Celebrity Apprentice” interviews (2011 to present)
“Celebrity Apprentice” news and reviews