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.