Former prosecutor and novelist Star Jones is one of the newest contestants on this season of "The Celebrity Apprentice," and the charity she is working to raise money for on the show is one that's close to her heart.
"The American Heart Association is the reason I chose to do 'Celebrity Apprentice,'" Star says. "I had been asked for a couple of seasons, but I never felt a real pull to do reality television, and then I had open heart surgery and I realized it's the number one killer of all Americans."
Star wasted no time at all showing off her business savvy in support of her cause, by raising $170,000 on the first episode when she served as project manager for the women's team. Star says, "I was very proud that our team set the highest record raised on the first episode of 'Celebrity Apprentice' in its history. I was very, very proud."
Star notes that there is a difference between her on and off-screen personas. "Star Jones celebrity apprentice is playing the game like a prosecutor. I walk in that door with a clear goal in mind. I try really hard to keep focused, but sometimes I make a little bit of a deviation. That's the lawyer in me," Star says.
When asked if she was happy with how she played the game on "Celebrity Apprentice," Star says, "Do I wish that I had done anything different? No."
Besides her time on "Celebrity Apprentice" this season, Star Jones is also releasing her latest book, fiction novel Satan’s Sisters, which is available on Tuesday, March 22, 2011. The book is available for order on Amazon.
"Celebrity Apprentice" airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on NBC.