Tonight the latest season of Donald Trump‘s Celebrity Apprentice kicks off its fifth season of pitting celebrities and pseudo-celebrities against each other to raise money for each contestant’s hand-chosen charity organization. Most other seasons of the show have had 15 cast members but this season has been super-sized to eighteen and includes members of and advocates for the LGBT community such as American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken, Star Trek actor George Takei (whose hilarious Facebook postings get added to my wall by my mom on a daily basis), hysterical comedian and notorious Queen of Mean Lisa Lampanelli and, last but not least, oft-talked about animal-lover, singer, dancer, reality TV starlet Aubrey O’Day.
We had the opportunity to speak with Aubrey about her participation in the show and why she felt so strongly about raising money for her chosen charity: GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network).
AfterEllen.com: When you were approached to be on Celebrity Apprentice what was your first thought? Were you a regular fan of the show beforehand?
AE: Oh, wow.
I did it because I wanted to do something new with my life. I wanted to have new challenges. The challenges in my life always revolve around music, fans, acting, performing, singing, writing — I mean, I’ve kind of had the same challenges in a very intense way all the way down to very simple ways for the past six years of my time in the industry and I’m kind of getting to a point where I wanted to see what else I had to offer to the world. I wasn’t sure if I’d be good, I wasn’t sure if I’d go home right away, I wasn’t sure if I’d get there and see that other people were smarter and have better ideas, I wasn’t sure that I’d be the best. I just know that I’ve gone through a lot of hardships in my life and I’ve always been able to come out fighting. I’d say the first week I was a little nervous and I was trying to size it all up and kind of see where I stood in the competition and I realized after the first episode or the first couple days that I definitely should win and I’m one of the smartest people there.
AE: That’s awesome. Do you have any business experience or business education prior to this? If not, I don’t know if you’ve seen those Shannen Doherty commercials but she got her degree online. [Laughs]
AE: [Laughs] You can just pick up one of those business degrees online and see where that goes.
AE: The mai tais are good too, though. [Laughs]