USTownhall RealStories presents NICK LACHEY of The Winner Is
Written by Scott Katz
This summer, NBC premieres The Winner Is – a new kind of singing competition. The series, hosted by singer Nick Lachey, marries the talent search of traditional shows of this type with the fast pace and drama of a game show. In each episode, six contestants will be paired off to sing against each other. A panel of 101 music experts will judge the performances and decides who advances to the next round. Before the results are announced, the contestants are given a choice: leave the game immediately and take home a cash prize ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 or opt to stay in the game in the hope of advancing. If the contestant turns down the cash and the judges do not pick him or her to advance, the contestant goes home with nothing.
The contestant who survives the entire seven week competition will win the grand prize of one million dollars! Episodes begin airing June 10 and 17 before moving into its regular timeslot on July 11.
USTownhall RealStories speaks with Nick Lachey of The Winner Is:
USTH: Can you just talk a little bit about the process by which the show found these contestants? Was there some kind of audition process?
NICK LACHEY: We had a great scouting department that really searched the country for great talent. I can't emphasize enough that these are talented people from every walk of life. I mean, everything from an emergency room nurse to a chicken farmer to a 10-year-old 6th grader. I think we've really captured talent form all across the country. And so there were four or five different cities you could go and actually audition in. But in addition to that, we took submissions online. And again, the scouting department did a great job of finding truly the most talented people in the country and bringing them to LA for the show. So I really commend them for doing a great job.
USTH: If you were a contestant on the show, how much of a risk taker would you be? Would you try to go all the way or would there be a point where you would say you'll just take the money and leave the show?
NICK LACHEY: Well, I think that's the real captivating thing about this show. I think any performer who comes into this, they're coming in with the intention of going all the way and winning the $1 million. I mean, that's the goal.
But when you get in the heat of the battle and you just give them your performance and your opponent's giving a great performance, it's really tough to reason how the judges in the audience have voted the thing.
So, it becomes this really walking the fine line between being confident in your performance and in yourself and also trying to take yourself out of the situation enough to be objective and say, "All right, should I take the money? It'd be a shame to walk home with nothing right now. Should I take the money and leave with something in my pocket?"
So that's where the real drama comes into this whole thing. So it's tough to know. I mean, you like to think you'd go in and make the rational, smart decision but when you're in the heat of the battle – I think you can ask any performer. We have a great amount of pride in what we do. And it's tough to admit that you've been beaten, so to speak.
So, it becomes a real mental challenge to balance those things and make the right decisions so fast.
USTH: For this first season, do you know how many episodes it's going to run?
NICK LACHEY: Yes. For this first one I believe we have seven, which includes the $1 million finale. Or is that wrong, maybe six. I can't remember now offhand.
NIKKI LICHTERMAN (from NBC publicity): Seven.
NICK LACHEY: Seven, yeah. So there is seven. So there's six preliminary episodes and then the 7th one is the $1 million finale where we take the winner of the previous six and then they all compete for the chance at the $1 million. So that's what kind of makes up the first season.
USTH: As far as things are concerned right now, is the show just scheduled to be on just this one summer season or do you see it basically continuing as an ongoing series?
NICK LACHEY: Well, I love the show. I can speak honestly that in filming it we would all sit backstage and literally we'd have wagers going on as to whether people are going to take the money, not take the money. I think it's a really, really intriguing, captivating show that I think is really going to catch on, which would suggest that we come back for many more seasons. I think that's the hope.
USTH: And as you look back on these past seven episodes that you've filmed, what are your thoughts that you're left with about how this experience was for you?
NICK LACHEY: I had a blast shooting this show. I mean, that's what I really took away from it. Got to meet some very, very talented people, meet some great young singers and old singers for that matter. But more than anything, what I loved about doing this show was the ability for me to really be myself. I mean, I think more than you saw maybe on The Sing-Off in the past. In this show, I was able to really loosen up and be me and interject a little more and it was a looser kind of environment – just a different kind of show. So, I think each and every show you host – they're all different and they all kind of tap into a different part of your personality. And this one certainly did for me, but it was a lot of fun to be a part of and a lot of fun to do and certainly hope we get to do a lot more of them.
Our thanks to Nick Lachey for taking the time to speak with us. The Winner Is has two sneak peek episodes on Monday, June 10 and Monday, June 17 – both following NBC's hit series, The Voice. The Winner Is then returns for the remainder of its run on Thursday, July 11 at 9pm.
USTownhall RealStories presents DONALD TRUMP, TRACE ADKINS, & PENN JILLETTE of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice
Written by Scott Katz
Saturday, 18 May 2013 19:03
On Sunday, May 19, the sixth installment of The Celebrity Apprentice reaches its finale. After toiling away for weeks, the fourteen celebrities have been whittled down to the final two – country superstar Trace Adkins and magician/entertainer Penn Jillette.
In the final task, which began on the May 12 episode, Team Trace, led by Adkins, faces off against Team Penn, led by Jillette, in concoting a new flavor of ice cream for Walgreens Pharmacy's DeLish brand. Team Trace came up with "Maple Macadamia Mash-Up," while Team Penn created "Vanilla & Chocolate Magic Swirtle."
Additionally, each team must produce a promotional video and raise money for a launch event featuring its new flavor. Trace Adkins was joined by returning celebrities Lil Jon, Gary Busey, and Marilu Henner, while Penn Jillette had Lisa Rinna, La Toya Jackson, and Dennis Rodman assisting him.
Sunday's episode will show the conclusion of the task, which had been previously filmed, within a live setting where the final two will face Mr. Trump and await his decision on who performed the best and who will become the next Celebrity Apprentice.
USTownhall RealStories speaks with Donald Trump, Trace Adkins, and Penn Jillette of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice:
USTH: First of all, Mr. Trump, congratulations on Celebrity Apprentice being renewed for another season.
DONALD TRUMP: Thank you very much.
USTH: Well deserved; it's a great show.
DONALD TRUMP: Thanks a lot; I appreciate it.
USTH: As you look back on this past season, how happy are you with the way it all turned out? What are your thoughts about the way the whole season developed?
DONALD TRUMP: Well, you know, I'm very happy with the final two. I actually took a lot of heat, fellows, I will tell you this because so many people liked Lil Jon. I have this very large Twitter account with millions of people, and I will tell you I took heat. Penn and Trace, [the people] loved Lil Jon and they were very disappointed. Now, it also was that he happened to say something at his little interview. He said, "Please Tweet Mr. Trump and say, 'You made a mistake,'" so maybe that had to do with it. That could very well have had to do with it. But a lot of people really felt very strongly about him, and I think the two guys would say he was terrific.
PENN JILLETTE: Absolutely.
DONALD TRUMP: I really like who we ended up with. I really like the season. It was a very good season. Very competitive from a lot of standpoints because there were so many [other series] – the Sunday night hours are very, very tough. You have all of the finales. You have all of the major Country Music awards, and there were so many different competitive shows, and yet we still did well. You had the Bible I guess in cable; you had [Game of Thrones]; you had everything. I think Sunday night has become – Sunday night used to be an easy night. I think it's now maybe the most competitive night on television. And despite that we did very well. We almost always won the 10:00 hour and we're really happy about it. But I like the way the season came out.
USTH: My next question is for Penn and Trace. Do you consider yourselves to be competitive by nature, or is this something new that came out of you while playing this game?
PENN JILLETTE: It's very new for me. I've never played sports. I've never been a game player. I've always kind of been in my own little world. And I've never really focused on any sort of competition thing. And I actually enjoyed it. Maybe I've got to start playing chess or something.
DONALD TRUMP: Get yourself into sports; you'd be great at sports. You don't play – you've never played sports? I didn't know that. Wow.
PENN JILLETTE: I've never been a sports player, no.
DONALD TRUMP: With that size you would think you'd be good.
PENN JILLETTE: I've always been a bit of a bookworm, I'm afraid.
TRACE ADKINS: I, on the other hand, am an old jock and yes, the competitiveness started at a very early age with me and it continues on today, really. I mean, the business that I'm in, country music, is a competitive business. To be relevant in this business means to be competitive, and that's how I continue to be relevant because I continue to be competitive.
USTH: On the first interview that we did before the season began, I asked Brett Michaels and LaToya Jackson to describe their charities and why it was important to them. You both have done a little bit of that on the show already, but I feel you can never talk about your charities too much. So I'd like to give you the opportunity once again to each of you to talk about your charity. What's the name of it, and why is it important to you?
TRACE ADKINS: Okay, I will just say at this point though you watch Sunday night because they give us ample opportunity to talk a lot about our charities. They spent a lot of time interviewing us and interviewing the people that we are representing. And so Sunday night, they go into our charities in great depth. So, that will all be on there Sunday night. But I'll just tell you quickly that the American Red Cross showed up at my office in June, 2011 when we had a house fire. Our house was a total loss, and right on the heels of the firefighters was the American Red Cross. And I was embarrassed at that time to learn that they respond to over 70,000 house fires a year in this country. I didn't know that. I thought the Red Cross was just the huge natural disaster response team, and I was embarrassed to learn that they – somewhere in this country right now, there's a Red Cross volunteer that's helping somebody. And, I just felt like I owed them something for being at my house when I wasn't there. I was in Alaska, so I play [Celebrity Apprentice] for the American Red Cross.
PENN JILLETTE: And I play for Opportunity Village, which is now a local charity in Las Vegas. [Penn and Teller] do a lot of stuff with charity in Vegas. The reason I chose Opportunity Village is I'm hoping that the idea will spread. It is for people with intellectual disabilities, and it is the idea of not warehousing these people or keeping them separate from us, but rather training them to have skills and [integrate] into the workplace and just not be part of an intellectual apartheid. And I'm hoping that that idea has been successful. One of the things that's wonderful about being on Celebrity Apprentice besides the fact that it helps Penn and Teller, a bigger fact is people from all over the country have called Opportunity Village and talked about starting them in other cities. And I need to add because –Mr. Trump cannot hear this enough – that it was Elvis Presley's favorite charity. Every scarf that he would wear in Vegas and wipe his brow and kiss and throw into the audience was made by the clients in Opportunity Village. And I will also say that they do a lot of stuff for Mr. Trump. At some of his hotels and properties, they do some packaging for him there. So, it's a wonderful charity to move people with intellectual disabilities into the mainstream and let them be part of us and let us love them and appreciate them.
USTH: That sounds great. Finally, as you guys look back on this past season, what are the feelings that you are left with, and are you surprised about anything that you learned about yourself?
PENN JILLETTE: Yes, I'm a little surprised that I believe I'm a little less of a creep than I thought. I've always seen myself as much more of an outsider, and I think Celebrity Apprentice let me deal with people that I normally wouldn't deal with and understand that I can get along a little better with them. That meant a lot to me. Also, after talking about the charity, this seems a little crass, but as well as we were doing in Vegas before [Celebrity Apprentice], we're doing much, much better now, [it] is the biggest bump we've ever seen.
TRACE ADKINS: Wow.
USTH: And Trace?
TRACE ADKINS: I'm not really surprised, but I have to say from day one when I showed up and I got to peruse the cast, I thought if I was going to win this thing that Penn was going to be the man I was going to have to beat. And that's why I chose him first when I was given the opportunity to choose my team. I picked him, and then I was going to pick Omarosa and use her to dispatch Penn. But Brett picked her, and I knew immediately he'd made a mistake, and she cut his throat the first week. Anyway what have I learned about myself? That I have more patience and tolerance than I thought I did.
USTH: Our thanks to Donald Trump, Trace Adkins, and Penn Jillette for taking the time to speak with us. The finale to All-Star Celebrity Apprentice airs live on Sunday, May 19 at 9pm Eastern on NBC.
USTownhall RealStories presents DAVID GIUNTOLI of GRIMM
Written by Scott Katz
Tuesday, 30 April 2013 13:40
NBC has given its cult favorite series Grimm two votes of confidence recently. On April 26, it was announced that Grimm has already been renewed for a third season, and beginning tonight, Grimm moves from its traditional Friday night timeslot to a prime spot on Tuesday nights after ratings juggernaut The Voice. We spoke to Grimm's star David Giuntoli about the series and what we can expect for the remaining episodes of the season. Grimm's second season finale will air on May 21.
USTownhall RealStories speaks with David Giuntoli of Grimm:
USTH: Can you tell us, in broad strokes, about some of the plot lines for the remainder of this season?
DAVID GIUNTOLI: Absolutely. Nick and Juliette start patching things up. And it's looking very hopeful for us come the end of the season. Two: a level 10 – as I like to call it – Wesen comes to Portland who is pulling the strings controlling a lot of other types of Wesen. We can call them the undead. And he has an army of people under his control that wreak havoc. And this is a longer story arc. We'll be visited by an actor named Reg E. Cathey. He's a wonderful actor who's just been in House of Cards, and he's been in everything. And he's great. And he plays this kind of powerful Wesen that we will be introduced to in the next couple of episodes. The Royals get closer and closer to me. They come to Portland, and they want the key. And I learn much more about why it is they want the key. The Captain and I start working together. Let's see... Zombies are entering Portland. And also as far as Adalind goes – the Adalind storyline is insane. And that's all I'll say about that.
USTH: Looking to season three, what would you like to see happen with your character in both his professional and personal lives?
DAVID GIUNTOLI: Well, I'd like to see some resolve – some real closure – to the Juliette storyline. I love working with Bitsie Tulloch [who portrays Juliette Silverton], and it'd be nice to be just a couple again. I want to get Sergeant Wu into the fray of the knowing. That would be really fun to work with him in the way that now Russell, Hank, and I can work together and Bree and Silas and the Captain. I would love to get Sergeant Wu into the fray.
USTH: Now that you've completed two seasons, what has this whole experience meant for you as an actor?
DAVID GIUNTOLI: I look back at the beginning of season one, and I'm like, "Who is that kid, that supple little kid?" It has been just an absolute gift to me and a blessing. And I've learned so much. I feel like I get paid to learn every day. And I've become very good friends with a lot of my cast. And, you know, we live in Portland together. And they're my group now. It's been so lovely. And there's the producers and the writers and my bosses are also giving. They leave us alone. They give support. You never feel criticized. It's a very healthy place to be. So I'm very grateful.
USTH: You're on Tuesday nights for the rest of the season. Do you know if you're going to be on Tuesday nights in season three?
DAVID GIUNTOLI: I don't know if we'll be on Tuesday nights in season three. I guess we'll all kind of figure that out together based upon how we fit on Tuesday night for the rest of the season. I'd be really –I have had that thought myself. I do not know the answer.
USTH: Regarding working with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Can you tell us a little bit about what it's like to have her on the show? And who is on your personal wish list for potential guest stars in the future that you would like to work with?
DAVID GIUNTOLI: Oh gosh. I can't say that just because there's so many. I wouldn't want to offend the people, you know? Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio was wonderful to work with. And the episodes that she's been in have been so work intensive, and she has such a wonderful work ethic. And she's so fury, and working with her I get caught watching her all of the time and almost forget that I'm in the scene. Because she's so captivating and compelling and beautiful and just makes wonderful choices. And, you know, that's what I think about her. I've really enjoyed the guest actors we've had thus far. And anybody's who's decided to come who can swing it we'll love to have.
USTH: Is there like a specific type of actor that you think fits well into the Grimm family?
DAVID GIUNTOLI: Sure, character actors.
USTH: Does it help to be a theater actor?
DAVID GIUNTOLI: You don't have to be like a theater actor per se. I mean, most actors have done some theater. I love the local guys getting some jobs – guys and girls getting some jobs because these are people who have dedicated to theater and they live in Portland. So there're not a ton of gigs that show up there. So I love when we get a really great new talent. But also it's fun to expose viewers to people who you have not seen much. We had an actor named Brian Finney who is a very well respected actor in Los Angeles. He works with the Robbins Theater – the Actors' Gang. And he played the Ziegevolk in the episode where he was a lawyer who charmed the jury. And, it was great getting to have him. So, you know, that's the type of actor.
USTH: As far as you personally are concerned, what do you like to do during your down time? Are you an actor who seeks other projects like theater or movies? Or do you just like to take it easy until the season begins again?
DAVID GIUNTOLI: I like to seek other jobs that I think will push me and do something that I'm not currently doing.
USTH: Okay, do you have anything in the pipeline that you want to talk about?
DAVID GIUNTOLI: I do, but I can't talk about it because it's not a solidified yes. But I appreciate the question.
Our thanks to David Giuntoli for speaking with us today. Grimm now airs on Tuesday nights at 10pm on NBC for the remainder of the season.
USTownhall RealStories presents BRYAN FULLER of HANNIBAL
Written by Scott Katz
Monday, 01 April 2013 12:48
On Thursday, April 4, one of the most anticipated new television series of the year premieres on NBC. Hannibal brings the iconic Dr. Hannibal Lecter to the small screen and into your living rooms as the cannibalistic serial killer serves up weekly helpings of his own peculiar brand of justice.
Mads Mikkelsen sinks his teeth into the title role, while Hugh Dancy functions as his bromantic foil, the troubled and tortured Will Graham, Special Agent for the FBI. Rounding out the talented cast is veteran actor Laurence Fishburne as Graham's boss, Special Agent Jack Crawford.
Hannibal introduces us to these characters at a time that is years before the events of Thomas Harris' seminal novel, Red Dragon. In the premiere of the series' first season of 13 episodes, Jack Crawford seeks Hannibal Lecter's help in assisting Will Graham in profiling the most dangerous serial killers stalking society. Over the course of the first season, the relationship between Lecter and Graham is explored with an ever-present undercurrent of tension. Will Graham discover that his partner is a serial killer more dangerous and cunning than any he has ever encounted? What will happen to him if he does?
We spoke with Bryan Fuller, the creator and Executive Producer of Hannibal about the series, its storylines, and the actors who make up the cast. How are Hannibal and Will Graham similar? What drives Hannibal to do the monstrous things that he does? Does Hannibal see himself as a villain? Will characters from Bryan Fuller's previous series such as Pushing Dasies, Wonderfalls and Dead Like Me appear? How far do the depictions of gore and violence go? Which of the four Hannibal novels will be used to form the basis of the series' stories? What was it like working with Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, and Laurence Fishburne? The answers to all that and more are in the podcast below.
BRYAN FULLER - ENTIRE HANNIBAL INTERVIEW (1 hr.)
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BRYAN FULLER - HANNIBAL INTERVIEW EXCERPTS:
Bryan shares his feellings about the upcoming premiere night (2:46)
What makes Hugh Dancy & Mads Mikkelsen the perfect choices for the roles of Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter? (4:46)
How are Will Graham & Hannibal Lecter similar? (2:47)
How far do the depictions of violence and cannibalism go? (2:48)
What motivates Hannibal Lecter? Can his actions be explained? (3:48)
How long can this series run? Where do the books fall in the timeline of this series? (4:31)
Bryan shares what Laurence Fishburne told him about this summer's Man of Steel film. (1:18)
Our thanks to Bryan Fuller for speaking with us today. Hannibal airs Thursday nights at 10pm on NBC beginning April 4.
USTownhall RealStories presents DONALD TRUMP, BRET MICHAELS, LA TOYA JACKSON of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice
Written by Scott Katz
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 00:00
Donald Trump's hit reality competition series returns for an all-new season. The Celebrity Apprentice airs is sixth season (thirteenth overall for The Apprentice franchise) beginning Sunday, March 3. This latest edition is an All-Star version with fourteen celebrities who have all appeared on previous installments of the series.
The participating celebrities are as follows: from Celebrity Apprentice 1: Trace Adkins, Stephen Baldwin, Marilu Henner, and Omarosa; from Celebrity Apprentice 2: Claudia Jordan, Brande Roderick, and Dennis Rodman; from Celebrity Apprentice 3: winner Bret Michaels; from Celebrity Apprentice 4: Gary Busey, La Toya Jackson, Lil Jon, and Lisa Rinna; from Celebrity Apprentice 5: Penn Jillette and Dee Snider. Past winners Piers Morgan, Arsenio Hall, John Rich, and Joan Rivers will appear as judges in the boardroom alongside Mr. Trump and one of his children.
USTownhall RealStories speaks with Donald Trump, Bret Michaels, and La Toya Jackson of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice:
USTH: Mr. Trump since this is an all star version of the show and everybody has been on it before, in your estimation did everybody perform better than they did the first time? And if you had to award a prize or a ribbon for most improved celebrity from the first time to this time who would it be?
DONALD TRUMP: Well I would say, I can't give names obviously, Scott, because it would be inappropriate, but a number of people really were different and performed better. Some didn't perform as well, I would say, but a number of people really performed better than they did in the first show. And some are just smart people that, you know, they do well including the two people that you're talking to. I mean, they're very smart people, and they do well. You know, I said great things about Bret, [but] I always say people don't get La Toya. She is sharp and tough as can be. She dealt with Omarosa so incredibly. I mean, what she had to go through -- that was not easy. I have great respect for La Toya Jackson. So yes, I think everybody really performed very well to be honest with you.
LA TOYA JACKSON: Thank you Mr. Trump.
USTH: And also Mr. Trump, how is this season divided? Was it male celebrities versus female celebrities or is it a mix?
DONALD TRUMP: Generally, we find that male versus female is the best and that's generally what we do. And we do a lot of that here. It just seems to work the best. I mean, there's no great secret. We could come up with 15 different formulas, but generally speaking, we find that's the best way of going about it. People like it. We don't want to change a formula that works too much.
USTH: That's good business. I agree with you there.
DONALD TRUMP: Yes, it doesn't get any better than male versus female.
USTH: It's time tested.
DONALD TRUMP: Yes it's time tested.
[Note that when the series premiered, the initial teams were not male vs. female, but rather a mix of celebrities chosen by either Trace Adkins or Bret Michaels. Notice the wiggle room in Mr. Trump's answer above. It remains to be seen whether there will be opportunities this season for the men and the women to compete against each other.]
USTH: Onto the two celebrities -- since you are playing for charity, I'd like to give you the opportunity to promote your charity a little bit and tell us what is the name of your charity, what does it do, and why is that charity important to you personally. We'll start with La Toya.
LA TOYA JACKSON: Well, my charity that I was playing for was National Network to End Domestic Violence. As you all know, domestic violence occurs all over the world, and as we're speaking now, there are women, and, of course men, that are just going through abuse at this very single moment. And they have no shelter, they feel that they have no lobby, they have nowhere to go. So, I'm here to let them know that we are doing something about it and there are shelters; there is an 800 number that's right there for you to call and get help. This charity that I'm playing for, National Network to End Domestic Violence, was actually formed by the people themselves. So, they went out, and they got together and said we need a charity; we need a place to stay, something to do and have people come and donate for us. So, I thought that was very commendable of these little kids and women who were basically really suffering to get together and do something and say this is what our charity is going to be about, and this is what it is. And it needs awareness. And people are just watching and just donating, and I'm so happy. You can never, ever, ever have enough. And I truly believe that no one charity is better than the other, but just bringing awareness to it is what I'm here for, and I am very proud and pleased to be happy working with Mr. Trump to bring that awareness to it.
USTH: Okay, and Bret?
BRET MICHAELS: Yes my charity is simply called Life Rocks Foundation, and I've had it for a really long time and, being a lifelong diabetic myself, obviously a big part of it goes to diabetes. A big huge part of it which works also with ETF is St. Jude's and childhood cancer and in Wounded Warriors and pet adoption. It's got a variety of different things that we work. But it's called Life Rocks Foundation Faces and Places and you just go to bretmichaels.com and you see the thousands of faces and the money, every penny, has been donated over the years.
USTH: Well that's really great. Let me ask another question for Bret and La Toya. Since you had met a bunch of new celebrities this time, is there anyone that you were sort of intrigued to meet before you met them, and is there anyone you bonded with during the show and kept in touch with after the show? And we'll start with Bret this time.
BRET MICHAELS: Yes, you know what, when I went in there I was very excited and, you know, extremely passionate -- my passion is both my blessing and my curse. But I went in there and everyone was in there, La Toya was great, she's -- honestly she's fantastic. She is a unique person because she has a heart of gold and fiercely competitive. We kind of share that same thing. You've got a good heart but you also want to be very competitive. But everyone on the show, you know, I've known Trace for a while. Penn -- all these people, very, very competitive people. And, you know, each of them brought a different winning quality to the table. And I've got to be honest with you, very, very, very dramatic season.
USTH: Okay. And for La Toya, what about you? Any celebrity that you were happy to meet and maybe kept in touch with afterwards?
LA TOYA JACKSON: Yes, I have to say that I was really, really thrilled and I do mean thrilled, and I'm not saying this Bret because you're on the phone. I just -- he's a big rock star. And I thought he had already won, and he's wonderful, and I just could not wait to meet him. And I never really expressed that to you because like Bret said, once you get there you get in work mode immediately because you know that competition is there. But I was truly looking forward to meeting him and he's such a wonderful person. And I will always, always adore Bret as well as Penn Jillette who is such a sweetheart, isn't he guys?
BRET MICHAELS: He's great.
LA TOYA JACKSON: Yes he really is.
BRET MICHAELS: Very intelligent and pretty to the point.
LA TOYA JACKSON: Yes, but he has a heart of gold as well just like you Bret.
BRET MICHAELS: Thank you.
USTH: Our thanks to Donald Trump, Bret Michaels, and La Toya Jackson for taking the time to speak with us. All-Star Celebrity Apprentice airs Sunday nights on NBC at 9pm Eastern beginning March 3, 2013 in two-hour installments. Beginning March 31, the show becomes an hour version airing at 10pm for a few weeks before returning to its two hour format.