The 11th series of The Apprentice began on Sunday March 6, and it's back to pitting celebrities against each other as they fight to win money for their respective charities. The women's team took an early lead by winning the first task, but in the boardroom segment at the close of the episode, the cracks in the team's unity were already beginning to show. The women lost the next three tasks in a row, and Lisa Rinna, Niki Taylor, and Dionne Warwick were sent packing. A few days after Ms. Taylor's exit episode aired, she spoke with us about her time on The Celebrity Apprentice and about her teammates. Ms. Taylor was fired by Donald Trump when her team ASAP lost in the task of creating a display for a camping equipment company.
USTOWNHALL SPEAKS TO NIKI TAYLOR OF THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE:
USTH: You talked about how proud you were of your team and how you really thought they all did a good job, but when you went into the boardroom and Donald asked you, you did express some doubt and some uncertainty as to whether your team won or not.
So exactly why were you unsure in that moment of walking into the boardroom?
NIKI TAYLOR: I was unsure because after we got back to our boardroom, I heard – I overheard that John Rich had come up with a jingle, and I saw that they had a whole bunch of green and trees and hedges and beautiful turf all laid down and I'm like, "Oh, my goodness, that's what I've been wanting." That's what I wanted.
So, it's hard to go up against a guy who's an amazing person, who can come up with a good jingle, and the green – I think was just really eye-popping. So, I was a little unsure. I didn't know what the guys were doing. I didn't go over the guys' side.
But we did amazing on the brand messaging, and I thought the experience was great. I think the CEO made a wrong decision letting the guys win.
USTH: Who surprised you the most on the women's team, and who surprised you the most on the men's team?
NIKI TAYLOR: NeNe Leakes, who was such an amazing person. She went above and beyond every time I asked her to do something. She was just fantastic with me when at first I was a little scared meeting her just because of all the stuff I heard about [The Real] Housewives of Atlanta. But she was amazing and super, super great with me.
And on the guys' side, I don't know. I really haven't thought about the guy side. I know John's going to be amazing.
USTH: What did you learn about yourself from this experience?
NIKI TAYLOR: Myself? I need to speak up a little more. Maybe take somebody aside if they have a question or definitely speak up more.
USTH: Thanks to Niki Taylor for speaking with us. The Celebrity Apprentice airs Sunday nights at 9pm Eastern.