'Celebrity Apprentice' Stars Reveal What They Really Think of Donald Trump
By John Boone
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Remember when Donald Trump was a reality TV host?
The GOP nominee and potential future Leader of the Free World was fired from hosting The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice -- he'll be replaced by former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger -- but he spent over a decade "you're fired"-ing people on the NBC reality series.
We know how some of Trump's former "employees" feel about him -- Omarosa, who went from a contestant on The Apprentice to "celebrity" on Celebrity Apprentice, was named Trump's director of African American Outreach -- but here's what his more A-List (relatively, speaking) apprentices really think about him.
Fun fact: The comedian predicted Trump's presidential run back in 2008. "He's gonna be president in eight years, you understand that everybody?" he joked(?) on his radio show. "He'll be president one day. It'll be in our lifetime." Carolla recently admitted on The Rubin Report that he's "not thrilled" with Trump as a politician, but after weighing his option, concluded, "I guess I gotta vote for Trump."
While explaining to ET what she learned from her latest reality show, Famously Single, O'Day found a way to diss Trump, saying, "Stop looking for what you think you need and just allow yourself to just be moved by everyone that you're lucky enough to come across in life. Everyone can move you, and everyone can make you a better person -- even people that you are so turned off by, like, let's say Trump."
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star admitted that she has had "nothing but decent interactions" with Trump and credited him for making politics "entertaining for the first time," but also said it's "so scary" how far he's gotten in the race and will never vote for him.
"He's on a reality show in his head right now. I think every time he speaks and every time he's in front of an audience, he's acting like he's in the boardroom. I think he woke up one day and was just like, 'You know what? I think I'm going to be president,'" she explained on The Tomorrow Show. "It just speaks to how ignorant some Americans are."
"#friendshipis sticking together when ur 'boss' turns out to be unstable & dangerous," the singer-turned-Congressional nominee previously tweeted, alongside a photo of himself and Arsenio Hall on Celebrity Apprentice.
Aiken elaborated during an appearance on Chelsea. "I feel like he, in person, can be very gracious and can be nice. But everybody talks about him being a narcissist, I think we saw that. Even though he was nice, he was still a narcissist," he said. "This campaign for him, I don't think is about being president. I think it's about having 100 percent name recognition, about being able to say he won. Which I think he probably will do, which is frightening for me. Listen, I don't want him to win and I will adamantly vote for Hillary."
The former model and Real Housewives of Atlanta star claimed that the Trump she sees now isn't the man she became "legit friends" with. "The person that I know wasn't like that in real life. The person I knew wasn't a racist," she said.
"I just feel like he's more cut out for entertainment," Jordan explained on the Allegedly with Theo Von & Matthew Cole Weiss podcast. "I feel like his followers are in love with his charisma and, like, he's funny! The inappropriate stuff is hilarious. He's extremely entertaining, if you don't take it seriously as a presidential candidate."
"At the time I said he seemed nice because he had nice children and that I wish I was so smart that I could get people to work that stinking hard and just show up and wave and say, 'OK, you're fired!' Lauper told Rolling Stone. "But you don't go on TV as a presidential candidate and talk about the size of your hand. You don't do it. It's so f**king juvenile and stupid. You think I want that person next to that red button? I don't freaking think so."
The NBA hall-of-famer is no stranger to political controversies -- he spent two days in North Korea with Kim Jong Un -- and has officially endorsed Trump on Twitter, tweeting, "@realDonaldTrump has been a great friend for many years. We don't need another politician, we need a businessman like Mr. Trump! Trump 2016"
Much has been made about the actor's endorsement of Trump -- and a potential spot on the Supreme Court?! -- but Busey has played much coyer than that, telling Fox News during his run on Dancing With the Stars that he "was not getting into politics," but acknowledging, "I know him personally. I know him professionally. He's a great guy. He's sharp. He's fast. He can change the country after the last eight years."
It's not surprising that the Star Trek actor and liberal activist is anti-Trump. Most recently, Takei shared a video on Facebook where he uses his experience in a Japanese internment camp to give some "personal, historical perspective" on how Trump's anti-Muslim and anti-Latino comments could have "very real and terrible consequences."
"Donald Trump is very outspoken. He's very honest. He's very forthright. He doesn't bite his tongue and his opinions are his opinions, but clearly they're shared by so many," the Real Housewives of Atlanta star weighed in to ET. "So, he can be polarizing at times, but he sticks to his guns, and that’s something that I respect in him...I have some kind of synergy with him, cause those are the qualities that I see in myself."
The one-time Monster Garage host -- and one-time husband of Sandra Bullock -- took to his Facebook page to declare that Trump is "a man that is perfect [sic] suited to run this country."
"He is respectful to the little guy (which shows he worked hard to get where he is) and he is also tough as nails when he needs to be. The people he will appoint to key top positions will be top shelf, and you can bank if they don't perform? They will get the boot," James wrote. "Good or bad I will always tell it like it is. This guy is the Real Deal, and will Make America Great Again."
The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star revealing during an appearance on Chelsea that she "hated every minute" of her time on Celebrity Apprentice and said that she only signed on because mom Kris Jenner made her.
So, does Kris think Trump would make a good president? "I don't think so, no." Khloé clarified that she doesn't either, flat-out stating, "No, I don't think he would make a good president."
"In all honesty, I have no problem with Trump as a human being," the comedian explained during that same round-table discussion on Chelsea. "But here's the deal, Trump is effing crazy." Lampenelli then recalled, "In that boardroom, he will say some crazy stuff to the women."
Rivers -- who appeared on the same season as her late mother, Joan Rivers -- hasn't officially endorsed either candidate, but did tell TMZ that Trump is a "successful man for a reason" and that the Republican candidate "actually created a dialogue."
"He has gotten more people engaged in the political process and current events and what's going on in the world than anyone else has for a long time," she reasoned. "I think whether you agree with Donald or you don't agree with Donald, he starts conversations. That’s what democracy is -- you’ve got to get people engaged to make this country run."
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star delivered her views on Trump with as much shade as you'd expect, telling Chelsea Handler that the Trump campaign "reached out" to her. "They sent me an email, asking me to like, speak or something at one of his rallies. And I didn't," she teased. When asked if she would want to represent him, she clapped back, "Noooo."
While he openly disagrees with a number of Trump's political views, Morgan dubbed Trump the "most unpredictable, extraordinary, entertaining and massively popular candidate this country has ever seen."
"The very day he threw his hat in the ring last summer, I wrote a column saying, 'Do not underestimate Donald Trump.' I've known him for 10 years and he’s a good friend of mine. He will not be in this to lose,” Morgan told FOXBusiness.com. "If I'm Hillary Clinton, I’m worried right now. I'm seeing a train steaming my way, and I probably don't have any clear idea of how I'm going to avoid it."
Trump was an "absolute gentleman" during the reality show, The Talk co-host said on Conan, but said she would be 'terrified" if he were to become president.
"He's a narcissist. He just is -- he knows that about himself," Osbourne claimed. "If somebody disagrees with him, he doesn't take it well. And to think that this man would have his hand on that button -- can you imagine?"
The youngest Baldwin brother has not only endorsed Trump, but he attended the Republican National Convention in support of him, where he told The Daily Caller, "Trump is going to win this election -- easily."
"If you look at Hillary Clinton's track record and then you look at Mr. Trump, the choice is very clear," he said. "But we are very divided right now and there are people who just want what they want...It should be what’s in the best interest for the country. I think Mr. Trump will help us get back in that direction."
The Real Housewives of New Jersey star said "of course" she's going to vote for Trump. "I think he's amazing. I think he'll make a great president," she told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live!
(Interestingly, Giudice won't actually be able to vote, according to NJ.com, because "New Jersey law bars felons who are in prison, on probation or on parole from voting." She'll reportedly have to wait until 2018 to restore that right.)
The comedian starred in a NSFW music video for Funny or Die called "Do The Donald," where he sports an orange wig and asks while rapping, "What's going on in this country, that anyone would elect me or even respect me?"
"Trump is Trump, man," the country singer told Radio.com. "He's been kind to me. I've got no problem with Donald Trump. I like him, I find him charming. When he's not on camera, he's still an alpha, but he's engaging and funny. I tell people all the time, I like him. I got no problem with him."
Adkins has been quite outspoken about securing in the border in the past, so what does he think about Trump's proposal to build a wall? "I don't know if it's a wall or if it's drones or whatever. I think we need to have secure border," he explained. "We all have doors on our houses."
Vivica A. Fox
Fox is yet another former contestant who says Trump was nothing but an "absolute gentleman," though she now calls him "an absolute jerk."
"I mince no words when I say that," the actress told E! News. "The negativity that spews out of him on a constant basis, he has brought reality [television] to politics and I've never seen it go to such a low point that it's went to...I just wish he wouldn't be so misogynistic and insult women and other nationalities."
Now on to an actual A-Lister: watch Meryl Streep -- Who shouted for joy while speaking about Clinton at the Democratic National Convention -- imitate Trump in orange face in the video below.