Not unlike the host of the show, Donald Trump, the fifth season cast of”Celebrity Apprentice” will speak on just about any topic under the sun.
First and foremost, of course, they spoke to reporters on Wednesday about what to expect this season (though they weren’t allowed to say too much, as usual).
“This season we had the biggest cast we’ve ever had,” said Aubrey O’Day, a veteran of MTV’s “Making the Band” and Oxygen’s “All About Aubrey.”
“We had, I think, crazier challenges than I’ve ever seen on past seasons. In relation to other shows I’ve been on, this was the most real.”
Former “Incredible Hulk” Lou Ferrigno added that this season was “very difficult and challenging,” although he “learned a lot and had a lot of fun. It was tough. But basically it’s like a chess game.”
Comedian and radio host Adam Carolla agreed, saying, “It is about survival. You’re not there to thrive, you’re not there to be eliminated, and not to have a stroke. I don’t want to give away too much, but I was one of those things during the course of this show.”
O’Day also promised that, compared to last season’s Meatloaf/Gary Busey-fest, “It’s 1000 times better. I’ve watched every season, and I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve been on enough catfight reality shows to say that.”
When asked about their fellow contestants, Carolla said, “I was surprised that Clay Aiken was as gritty as he was. I knew he had a competitive spirit. But I didn’t know the guy, under his huge candy consumption, would just roll up his sleeves. You don’t normally associate Clay Aiken with the guy you want on your football team, but for me the [most surprising] was Clay Aiken.”
As for the celebrities’ charities, Penn Jillette spoke highly about Opportunity Village, boasting about the fact that it was one of Elvis Presley’s favorites.
“We’ve heard that speech 1000 times!” joked O’Day.
Carolla put forth why he joined “Celebrity Apprentice,” as well.
“I originally wanted to do P. Diddy’s show [‘Making the Band’], and when that shut down I set my sights on ‘Celebrity Apprentice.'”
Joking aside, he said that this show proves that one idea about celebrities is something of a myth: “People think celebrities are soft because they live a lifestyle with a lot of luxury. Celebrities are some of the hardest working people. You have to be, because how the hell are you going to get to this place if you don’t have that fire in your belly?”
While O’Day may be an old pro at reality TV, Jillette once sought to feature the genre on his now-defunct Showtime series, “Penn & Teller: Bull****.”
“Reality TV was a topic that I brought up every year. The problem is that everybody’s signing these heavy non-disclosure agreements, and everybody is copyrighting all the material. We were locked out of information. But I certainly wanted very much to talk about how the word ‘reality’ has been distorted, and how what you’re seeing on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ is not a documentary but an improvised soap opera by professionals,” he said.
The celebrities were also asked to weigh in on the 2012 campaign season, since the Donald continually floats the idea of throwing his hat into the ring.
“Although I was appalled at the idea of Donald Trump having anything to do with [politics], having watched [the campaign], he was the perfect person, and maybe that’s a reason to put a bullet in our heads,” said Jillette.
“I think he would have been great at moderating one of those [debates] after being on the business end of his soup cooler in that boardroom,” Carolla chimed in.
To which Jillette replied, “Except none of the candidates would have been able to say anything, which might have been a plus for all of us.”