How did you get involved in The Celebrity Apprentice?
"I was talking to Mark Burnett, and I signed a contract with his production [company], and they said, 'Hey, we have this show, this Celebrity Apprentice'. I never watched it. I found it interesting, it was an interesting gig. I've never done anything like that and I like the fact that Donald was there with his kids, and I though that was really sweet. And Sharon! I got to reconnect with Sharon Osbourne, who was awesome. I thought everyone was interesting - it was an interesting group of people."
Why do you think you were fired?
"Because I didn't want to participate in that kind of thing anymore with Holly. It was too much. Sometimes there is a lot of backstabbing and I like to be straight ahead and I couldn't do it anymore."
How do you feel about Holly?
"I think she's a hard worker. She wouldn't think twice of throwing anyone under the bus, but I think Bret is a very good contender to win. Bret lives with what is going on with him, as we all do. Everybody has their cause - I'm not diminishing anybody because I thought it was very moving to listen to everybody and their charities - but I think because of Bret's illness and the fact that he's recuperated and he's coming back, that kind of determination is pretty great. I don't know. I'm a straight shooter. I don't do the behind-the-back thing so well. That's not who I am. I think that Bret has a pretty good shot at winning. Even when he wasn't there he really came back and tried hard and worked hard."
What was the most important thing you learned from the experience?
"I had to work with a lot of different people. I learned a lot. I learned that I still would keep my demeanor of being very straightforward. That show got a little two sided, too backstabby, with talk behind your back all the time. That was hard for me to deal with. There were people constantly talking behind my back like that and not talking to me. It was an interesting experience. A good experience. It was hard work, but I learned a lot just watching everybody. I had fun. Sharon Osbourne is such a blast and she's so, so bright. And I thought that Bret was really creative and upbeat and always positive. Everybody had something about them that was good that I learned from. You could learn anything from anybody. And I got to mention my charity which is the True Colours Fund."
Do you have any regrets?
"No, I think I learned a lot about how I work and the things I do. While I was on the show I was doing ten million other things at the same time, I had the whole Mac campaign going on at the same time, we were planning the Memphis blues album, it was a lot of stuff. It was a little hairy for me at times, but you know, that stuff was going on before The Apprentice."
Have you spoken with Bret?
"Nobody's spoken with Bret. I don't know about anyone else, but I was very concerned. You know, the guy is fighting for diabetes, and what happened to him happened to him happens to people with diabetes. He really lucked out - it could have been a million times worse - but I'm a big believer that things happen for a reason, and that's one of the things that happens for a reason. He is okay, but he has a disease where these kind of things happen to you. I really didn't know what was going on because I was working. I was doing ten million things and, all of a sudden out of the corner of my eye, I saw this thing about Bret Michaels and I was like 'What the heck is going on?' Then they said it was serious. My prayers and good thoughts are with him. I was keep trying to picture him well and okay. He's a good guy, and it's unfortunate that he has this disease. But that's exactly why he's fighting for it."
Would you ever do another reality show?
"Well, the reason I heard about The Apprentice was because I was working with Mark Burnett and we were talking about doing a reality show. I actually signed with him to do a reality show. And then he said, 'What about this Apprentice thing?'"
Is your own show still a possibility?
"Oh, we're definitely doing it. They asked me to do this because it would be good for the True Colours Fund, so that's what I did. It raises awareness for the civil rights movement in the gay community in this country and brings up the issues that none of us really know."
When will we see it?
"I don't know. We're just in the beginning of it."
The Celebrity Apprentice continues next Sunday at 9/8c on NBC