Marilu Henner talks 'Celebrity Apprentice'


Marilu Henner, who played Elaine O'Connor Nardo on Taxi in the late '70s and early '80s, recently appeared on Donald Trump's All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. While the actress had a good run, she was fired by The Donald on the most recent episode when her team's party room in a Barclays Center suite (which had a "king" theme), was overdone by the "jokers" theme party thrown by Penn Jillette's group. And then there were four.

I guess Henner's Highly Superior Auto-Biographical Memory (H-SAM) could not help her this time, huh?

 This was her second appearance on The Apprentice and she took time after being eliminated to discuss her experience with the program.

Henner says this elimination was not a huge surprise to her and that she felt like her team was cursed from very early on.

"Even though we were hindered by Hurricane Sandy, things just started falling into place, and you could just feel like, "Oh, this one is blessed." With this one, we were more or less cursed, and it just felt like we were going south with each decision, so you know, was I surprised? No. I was project manager, so I expected that. Was I disappointed? Oh sure, because I really wanted to play to the end. Actually you know what I really wanted more than anything else -- I mean, of course, you always want to play until the end -- but more than anything else, I wanted to be part of the interviews. I love the whole idea of coming down to final four and getting interviewed, and that to me seems very exciting. … I just want to go on the record right now: I love this game. I love, love, love, love, love it. It's so much fun to play. ... I see it as extremely challenging, and it really identifies certain things about your life and your skill set and the way you work with people, and it's always a surprise what you learn the people you relate to, and just the personal challenge of getting a task and trying to figure out how you can apply yourself that day and what you know and how can you help your project manager and things like that. So I loved it. … I love this game," she rambled.

When asked if she would come back to the show for a third round, she immediately answered in the affirmative.

"In a second. I'm upset I can't play every year. I love it. I love it, I love it, I love it. Because I just feel like every day you find out like [gasps], "What can I do?" The South African challenge. I saw that logo for South African tourism and I went, "Oh my god, I'm all over this, I have an idea for a brochure." And I loved that brochure. The BioSilk, I thought, "OK, we're going to do it like it's a movie premiere, and BioSilk is our star, and we're gonna have these three-minute makeovers inside the glass truck." It's like, every day, what can we do? What can we figure out? I guess because I have a lot of energy or something, my brain does fire up on all cylinders. And I think that sometimes it might be too much for other people, but it's never too much for me -- or my husband," she said.

Who is your favorite to win?

- The New Celebrity Apprentice
- Donald Trump
- Marilu Henner

Written by: Hamatosan
May 7th, 2013, 12:01 pm

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