On Sunday’s episode of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” there was little in the way of boardroom drama as Donald Trump chose to send Niki Taylor home after she chose to fall on her own sword as Project Manager. Is was not a quit by any means — but rather Taylor owning up to her mistakes as she did not feel she could blame anyone else on her team for the loss. (Meanwhile, Gary Busey managed to win for his RV-related task despite not really putting in the optimal effort at times.)
On Wednesday, Taylor opened up to me a bit about the loss — and also how she managed to keep Star Jones at bay for most of the task.
Matt: So you did a pretty classy thing in choosing to [pretty much] leave over fighting in the boardroom or trying to blame someone else. Was that a strategy you had all along — that if you lost as Project Manager and you had no one to blame, you would go home?
Niki: That was kind of my thinking along the way. If you watched the show before with Lisa [Rinna], it was testy waters … they attacked Lisa. I guess I’m more laid back, and the way they edited it out they kind of missed out on a lot things that I said.
There really wasn’t anyone I could bring back into the boardroom, so it kind of had to happen like that.
How did you manage to handle Star? In the boardroom you were one of the first people I’ve seen her praise.
Well, I’ve known Star for a few years … she did say [earlier] that I was lacking leadership. [At times] you have to keep your distance. It’s hard to learn everyone’s personality in such a short amount of time … you have to talk to them with just the perfect tone and with the right words. It’s really exhausting.
So outside of having John Rich performing a country song, have you gone back and thought about what you would have changed in the task?
Absolutely. On our dossier we had no phone number to call in plans or turf — the guys just went ahead and they thought of that and we didn‘t. If we had brought in some green and put our banners on our RVs, we would have won.
So overall, how would you describe your experience on the show?
I learned a lot — it pushed me out of my comfort zone. And I got to win $35,000 for the American Red Cross in the first episode. So I did win a little money for my charity.
Who are you rooting for moving forward?
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