How is this season going to be different than past seasons?
Donald Trump: The cast has been very interesting. They've been very tough, very nasty but there's also a lot of fun and funniness with respect to what happens which I don't think we had in the last one with Joan, as an example, and with Piers. It was really nasty people really hating each other. These people hate each other but it's also funny; there's something funny about it that I didn't have in the first two so I think that might be the biggest differentiation in terms of, you know, the three casts.
Bret, what was your strategy going into the game?
Bret Michaels: I went in there with one intent and that was to win. I felt it was extremely important for me was to deliver myself to each task. And what I found was I thought there was going to be some quitters. You know, when I watched the other two seasons I immediately felt that I knew who was going to walk off the show or not last. And most of it turned out to be true. On this one there were no quitters and I think that's what made this coming season the most intense because no one was giving up the battle.
How's Blagojevich been so far?
DT: It's pretty wild what happens. And he's pretty wild. It's going to be very interesting, I can tell you. The cast has turned out to be amazing. And I can just add that, you know, I won't say if Bret lasts, how long he lasts or anything else, but he was also very different than I thought. He's a tough, tough cookie. And I was a little surprised by it. He was really strong and very, very smart. With all that he may have been fired very early on because a lot of smart strong people make mistakes. And when you make mistakes you get fired. But he turned out to be very good.
Even after all these years, do you ever feel bad about firing someone?
DT: I always feel bad -- no, not always. Sometimes I don't like people. And, you know, it doesn't bother me. The hard ones are when you really like somebody, really respect somebody and they make a mistake.
Like as an example, Scott Hamilton -- how can you not like Scott Hamilton from the last season? And I had to let Scott go. And I'm a great fan of Scott, he won Olympic gold medals, he's a great champion and everything else. And he understood he made a mistake on the show and I really had no choice. And I felt very badly about that because I considered him to be just a great person and I still do. But I have to do what's right.
Bret, who's the most interesting person you worked with on this show?
BM: I think for me probably the most fascinating person -- it starts going in with Mr. Trump. I mean, you're going up against one of these people who is a rock star in his own right. And at the same time you're going in there knowing it's going to be intense in the boardroom. You know that he takes no crap. And, you know, you don't want to slip up.
And so going in there knowing how extremely intelligent he is, I knew I had to have my A game on . And then second of all, I would say I think the one I feared the most was going to be Sharon Osbourne.
Is Sharon Osbourne the frontrunner this year?
DT: Well, she's very smart, she's very strong, very strong-minded and willed. You see what she did with Ozzy because Ozzy is a great talent in terms of music but I guarantee he wouldn't be where he is today without Sharon and he understands that better than anybody. So she's obviously a great character on the show. You know, beyond that I can't talk too much because I can't tell you how she does, obviously. But she has been a great character on the show, there's no question about it.
Will Rock of Love ever be back?
BM: I had an absolute great time doing Rock of Love, had a lot of fun. And I was really excited about being on Celebrity Apprentice. And I think that with Rock of Love, I loved doing it, it was the number one show for VH1 three years in a row. I think for me to go back would be a lot of fun. I mean, it's basically drinking and dating, it can't be that hard. And it's, you know, sucking face and debauchery -- like I said, to go back to Rock of Love would be a lot fun, but I was completely honored to be on this show and allowed to show that I have another side to me.
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